Members' Research Service By / May 24, 2023

Digital labelling of EU fertilising products [EU Legislation in Progress]

Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 laying down rules on the making available on the market of EU fertilising products was adopted on 5 June 2019, under Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (approximation of laws). It superseded the harmonisation rules on EU fertilisers provided by Regulation (EC) 2003/2003.

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Written by Clément Evroux (1st edition).

On 27 February 2023, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation to allow voluntary digital labelling of EU fertilising products. This initiative follows similar EU legislative initiatives establishing the digital labelling of goods in other economic sectors, such as batteries. The rationale for digital labelling is provided by: on the one hand, the deployment of digital solutions such as QR codes, which can lower the cost of labelling while facilitating the updating of content; and on the other, the complexification of physical labelling, whose readability can prove difficult.

Against this backdrop, the proposal introduces a set of voluntary digital labelling schemes for EU fertilising products, whose requirements depend on the packaging arrangements and the users of the products (economic operators or end-users). The proposal also introduces a single set of technological requirements for all established labels, to ensure that labels are accessible free of charge, including for vulnerable groups.

In Parliament, the file has been assigned to the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 as regards the digital labelling of EU fertilising products
Committee responsible:Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)COM(2023) 98
Shadow rapporteurs:Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing
– formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Appointment of the rapporteur

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