Washing machines placed on the market on or after the 8 December 2016 must comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 2016 and before that date with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. As these regulations require manufacturers to ensure that washing machines they place on the market are safe, this means any filter used in the product must also be safe. There are no plans to review these requirements.
Manufacturers can create a presumption of compliance with the legislation by conforming to relevant Harmonised European safety standards.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is responsible for environmental protection policy.