Published: 04 July 2024  (Updated: 08 July 2024)

EU Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) Published

CTPA would like to highlight that the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) has been published in the Official Journal of the EU.

The text will enter into force on 18 July 2024 and is available to read here.

The ESPR sets out ecodesign requirements for certain product groups, as well as provisions on the destruction of unsold consumer products, and introduction of the Digital Product Passport.

The European Commission previously held an information session on the ESPR, which is available to watch here

Please note, cosmetic products have not been prioritised in the first working plan; however, it is expected that they will be listed as a product group for the second working plan. 

The European Commission will adopt delegated acts to supplement the Regulation by setting ecodesign requirements. Chapter III of the ESPR sets out the Digital Product Passport (DPP), a digital identity card for products, components, and materials, which will store relevant information regarding the products environmental and sustainability credentials.  The intention is to make it easier for consumers, manufacturers, and authorities to make more informed decisions related to sustainability, circularity and regulatory compliance.

The ESPR is also tackling the destruction of unsold consumer products.  Annex VII to the Regulation provides a list of product categories for which the destruction of unsold consumer products shall be prohibited.  At present, cosmetic products are not listed in Annex VII; however, the European Commission is empowered to adopt delegated acts to amend the Annex and add new products.

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