The Digital Product Passport (DPP) is introduced as part of the new Ecodesign Framework Regulation (COM(2022)142). Dr. Floris Akkerman from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) made some noteworthy observations on this at the German Market Surveillance Conference: Theoretically, all products can be meant, not only "energy-relevant" ones as before. In addition, restrictions from the old Ecodesign Framework Directive 2009/125/EC such as “energy-relevant” and “no vehicle” are dropped and there are more non-energy-relevant requirements, e.g. on environmental pollutants, reparability or recyclability. The destruction of unsold products is prohibited. Registration uses “unique identifiers” for the assignment of the product, the economic operator and the location. The level of detail of the DPP can go down to each individual unit if necessary. Especially important: the QR code for the DPP must be readable in the online shop.
The example of DPP shows that an optimal Legal monitoring is necessary as an existential risk precaution in order to protect you under product law. If you have any questions, the trade-e-bility advisory team will be happy to help you via email@example.com or +49/40/75068730-0.
“The new Ecodesign Regulation: From Directive to Regulation / The Digital Product Passport” is also the topic of our panel event “The Future of Product Responsibility” at the Tipi am Kanzleramt theatre in Berlin on 8 November 2022. Further particulars and registration details are available here