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Deregulation of pack sizes

Deregulation of pack sizes

The liberalisation of pack sizes promotes the free circulation of products in the internal market. This Directive therefore aims to remove the potential obstacles to competitiveness and to facilitate access by European enterprises to the markets of the different European Union (EU) countries.


Directive 2007/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 laying down rules on nominal quantities for pre-packed products, repealing Council Directives 75/106/EEC and 80/232/EEC, and amending Council Directive 76/211/EEC.


Member States may not prohibit or restrict the placing into circulation of prepacked products and prepackages within the internal market of the European Union (EU).

However, up until 11 October 2012 they may continue to set quotas for the placing into circulation of milk, butter, dried pasta and coffee. Similarly, States which set quotas for white sugar may continue to apply them until 11 October 2013.

Special cases

Wines and spirits (see Annex) which are presented prepackaged are subject to rates and quotas for placing on the market. This Directive does not apply to this category of products when they are sold in duty-free shops for consumption outside the European market.

Aerosol dispensers must indicate the nominal total capacity of the container in addition to the indication of the nominal volume of the contents. Indication of the nominal weight of the contents is optional.


This legislation repeals Directive 75/106/EEC relating to the making-up of certain liquids and Directive 80/232/EEC relating to the ranges of nominal quantities and nominal capacities applicable to certain products.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2007/45/EC



OJ L 247 of 21.9.2007

See also

Last updated: 21.10.2011