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The Digital Product Passport is due to start — are you prepared?

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The Digital Product Passport (DPP) is designed to enhance transparency, traceability and sustainability of products

Creating transparency across the entire life cycle of a product: this is what the Digital Product Passport (DPP) aims to achieve. On November 23, 2023, the European Commission published a regulation that will come into force in 2024. Due to the highly interconnected international supply networks, this regulation not only affects companies in the EU, but also has an indirect impact worldwide.

What is the Digital Product Passport (DPP)?

The regulation contains detailed requirements for the content of the DPP. The Digital Product Passport should contain information about the following topics:

  • Product identity and origin 
  • Product composition and properties
  • Environmental impact of the product
  • Product repairability and recyclability

Every citizen should then be able to access the described information via a QR code or a hyperlink attached to the product.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) has already published a list of the product groups for which the DPP will be mandatory by 2025. These are

  • Energy consumption-relevant products: Household appliances, office equipment, consumer electronics and lighting fixtures
  • Large electrical and electronic equipment (EEE): Televisions, refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and air conditioners
  • Textiles: Clothing, shoes and bed linen
  • Packaging: Plastic packaging, metal packaging and paper and cardboard packaging

What is the Digital Product Passport for?

According to the ministry, the introduction of the Digital Product Passport will make an important contribution to the circular economy. The DPP will enable consumers to make more sustainable consumption decisions. It will also help manufacturers to improve the environmental impact of their products.

Concrete impacts of the DPP:

  • Consumers will be able to recognize more easily which products are repairable and which are not. This will help to ensure that more products are repaired and fewer end up in the garbage can.
  • Manufacturers will be encouraged to design their products in such a way that they can be repaired more easily. This will lead to an extension of the service life of products.
  • The recyclability of products will be improved. This will help to ensure that more raw materials from old products can be reused.

The introduction of the DPP will be an important step towards a more sustainable economy.

Implementation of the digital product passport in practice

The SupplyOn Traceability solution supports customers and suppliers along the supply chain in collecting and providing the data required for the DPP. The data is then available to authorized users for further processing in the SupplyOn Data Lake called DAISY (data space industry). In addition, SupplyOn’s Digital Twin solution offers a wide range of options for providing data to all participants in the industrial network.

The EU has already announced that the list of mandatory product groups will be expanded in the future. The European Commission plans to review and adapt the DPP regulation every three years. SupplyOn will follow developments very closely and expand its services for new product groups and content accordingly.

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