Digital Product Passports

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Upcoming EU legislation will require organisations to adopt Digital Product Passports (DPPs) for goods made, transferred, or sold in Europe.  The measures aim to bring greater transparency to products and Value Chains with a focus on easy product identification and traceability.  These measures are part of the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) under the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) which aims to provide clear and reliable to information to users throughout its lifecycle from informing purchase decisions using the details about the origin of the materials through to information to help an item be repaired such as the supplier’s name.  This article therefore seeks to explore how DPPs will be used, what can be expected, and practical steps to prepare for the upcoming requirements.

What to expect

The Digital Product Passport (DPP) will be a QR code (or RFID/NFC chip) linked to the product which can be scanned to show information such as the product code, description, attributes, country of origin, material, carbon footprint, water usage, degree of recyclability and ownership information.  On certain products, it may also include reparability or the availability of spare parts of a product. This may be used by production teams, customs officials, sales channel partners, service teams, and end customers.   It should help consumers and businesses make informed choices when purchasing products, facilitate repairs and recycling, and improve transparency about products’ life cycle impacts on the environment.

Getting started

Readiness for the upcoming change is likely to vary between industry, operation scale, and by an individual organisation. This section outlines steps that can be taken by the seller or manufacturer to ensure that their organisations are well-prepared for the approaching changes.


Digital Product Passports will become a requirement in the near future and organisations can gain an advantage by taking proactive steps to be ready ahead of time.  The size of the challenge will likely depend upon the scale, depth, and complexity of the product data and a plan should be developed to ensure this can be met.  Embracing DPPs at an early stage goes beyond mere legislative compliance and aims to enhance customer journeys and facilitate product-related processes. In deciding when to start a readiness assessment, the usual truism applies that if the best time to start is yesterday, the second-best time is today. 

InspireXT holds extensive knowledge and experience in providing advisory services and implementing solutions in Master Data Management and Supply Chain Management.

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