The draft regulation starts as of today the co-decision legislative procedure which requires the involvement of the European Parliament and the Council. This process may take up to 16/18 months.
At the same time, the Commission needs to carry out a prioritisation of products to be regulated under the new Regulation and requirements that will apply to them. To do so, the Commission is adopting a working plan, covering at least 3 years, laying down a list of product groups for which it plans to adopt delegated acts. Data requirements to be decided cover:
- the information to be included in the product passport for consumers, economic operators and competent national authorities
- the layout in which the data carrier shall be presented and its positioning
- whether the product passport should correspond to the model, batch, or item level
- the manner in which the product passport shall be made accessible to customers before they are bound by a sales contract, including in case of distance selling
- the actors that may introduce or modify the information in the product passport, including where needed the creation of a new product passport
- the period for which the product passport shall remain available
- the specific access rights at product group level
It is estimated that the Commission will introduce 18 new delegated acts, between 2024-2027, and 12 new delegated acts, between 2028-2030, to enable the potential of the product passport.
So GS1 in Europe estimates that the product passport is a workstream that will be active for at least 10 years. Based on the work developed so far, GS1 in Europe has set some basic principles for the data architecture of the product passport according to the GS1 standards. To read the full data architecture paper, download the document below.
To access the full text of the draft regulation, please click here.
Consult Below the Proposed Architecture and Principles for Digital Product Passports