The introduction of the digital product passport affects manufacturers, importers, distributors, repairers, end-users and authorities in the European Union and beyond, among others. Jan Somers, CEO of GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg explains: "We welcome the Regulation of the European Commission. The legislation refers to ISO standards and open standards as the basis for interoperability. As an independent non-profit organisation, GS1 meets the requirements set by the European Union with its standards and it refers to the role GS1 can play to meet industry and regulators their demands."
Now that the regulation has been approved by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council must give their opinion on it. This is expected to take 16 to 18 months. At the same time, the European Commission will identify which product groups will be given priority when introducing the digital product passport. 'Delegated acts', what data must be included, who has access in what way, and for how long the product passport must be available are then laid down for each product group.
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