How Labellink, EU’s Digital Product Passports & GS1 Transform Transparency and Sustainability

Discover how EU's Digital Product Passports (DPP) and GS1 standards revolutionize product transparency and sustainability. Learn more about Labellink's role in this transformation.
EU Digital Product Passport

GS1 in Europe has expressed strong support for the Sustainable Product Regulation proposal, which was adopted by the European Commission on 30 March 2022. This proposal is a significant step toward implementing Digital Product Passports (DPP) to enhance transparency and sustainability throughout product lifecycles. Here’s what you need to know about the phased implementation of DPPs:

 

Timeline and Scope for DPP Implementation:

  • 2024 Introduction: DPPs are anticipated to be introduced across the EU.
  • 2026 to 2030 Mandatory Adoption: DPPs will become mandatory, impacting a wide range of product categories in all 27 EU member countries.
  • Targeted Product Categories:
    • Textiles, notably garments and footwear
    • Furniture
    • Chemicals
    • Batteries
    • Consumer electronics
    • Electronic devices
    • Construction products
  • Environmental Prioritization: According to the ESPR’s provisional agreement from December 2023, products with a high potential for environmental improvement are prioritized.

 

How Labellink Supports DPP Integration and Sustainability:

Labellink’s solutions are compliant with GS1 standards, which is crucial for ensuring interoperability and consistency across digital labeling systems. Here’s how Labellink contributes to sustainability and the circular economy through its e-labeling services:

  1. Enhanced Transparency and Traceability:
    • Provides QR codes that link to comprehensive product information, enabling verification of authenticity and origins.
    • Supports the visibility of the product’s lifecycle, crucial for sustainability assessments.
  2. Ensures Regulatory Compliance:
    • Facilitates adherence to EU regulations and standards, critical for businesses to maintain compliance as DPP requirements roll out.
  3. Promotes Consumer Engagement:
    • Offers detailed insights into products’ environmental impacts and sustainability practices, encouraging informed consumer choices.
  4. Streamlines Operational Efficiency:
    • Utilizes tools like the Labellink DPD Editor and CodeBridge™ for efficient management and updating of digital labels and DPP content.

 

 

Detailed Requirements for DPP Compliance:

To be compliant with the EU’s DPP data requirements, a Digital Product Passport should include a range of detailed information:

  • Identification and Tracking:
    • Unique product identifier (UID)
    • Global trade identification number as per ISO/IEC standards
    • TARIC code and other relevant commodity codes
  • Compliance Documentation:
    • Declaration of conformity
    • Technical documentation
    • Conformity certificates
  • Health and Safety:
    • Requirements related to substances of concern
    • User manuals, instructions, warnings, and safety information
  • Manufacturer and Supply Chain Details:
    • Information about the manufacturer, operators, and importer
    • Unique facility identifiers
  • Consumer and End-User Guidance:
    • Instructions on installation, use, maintenance, and repair to minimize negative impact and ensure durability
    • Guidance on how to return or dispose of the product at end-of-life
  • Recycling and Disposal Information:
    • Details for treatment facilities on disassembly, recycling, or disposal at end-of-life
  • Additional Relevant Information:
    • Data that may influence how the product is handled by parties other than the manufacturer

 

Conclusion:

As Europe moves towards a more sustainable and circular economy, the integration of Digital Product Passports with compliant e-label solutions like those offered by Labellink plays a pivotal role. These technologies not only support the EU’s environmental goals but also empower consumers, manufacturers, and recyclers with the information needed to make responsible decisions. Through its adherence to GS1 standards and its advanced digital labeling solutions, Labellink is well-prepared to help businesses navigate the evolving landscape of product sustainability.