By Elena Andreula – EMEA Regulatory Program Expert
As of January 1, 2019, suppliers (manufacturers, importers and authorized representatives) must register their appliances, which requires an energy label in the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), before selling them on the European market.
Article 12 and Annex I of the Regulation 2017/1369/EU specifies product information to be entered in the database.
Prior to registration, suppliers must create a login account. The EPREL guidelines explain how to register as a new supplier and how to upload product models in the database.
The EPREL system is made of two parts:
- A compliance part: A secured database hosted by the European Commission where all data is stored before any product model is placed on the EU market; this database is accessible only to market surveillance authorities.
- A public part: A database that includes relevant public information on product models available on the EU market that can be access by anyone.
All new products subject to energy labeling placed on the EU market after January 1, 2019 must first be registered in the database.
For products placed on the EU market between August 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019, the registration must be completed by July 1, 2019.
For products placed on the EU market before August 1, 2017, their registration is made on a voluntary basis.
Consumers will be able to search the EPREL database for energy labels and product information sheets beginning the second quarter of 2019.
How UL can help you
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