With the introduction of the EPREL database, product registration has become an integral part of selling products. Every product subject to energy labelling regulation has to be registered in the database upon placement on the market. This applies to all products that have been placed on the market since the 1st August 2017. The registration obligation is part of the implementation of the overarching Energy labelling Regulation, which was revised in 2017. During the past year the European Commission worked hard on the further development of the database, which was not yet entirely complete upon its launch on January 1st, 2019.
Below is an overview of the latest developments:
Availability of market authority access
At the beginning of 2020, market surveillance authorities gained access to the Energy labelling database (EPREL). This allows them to use the database partly; the product data is visible to them, but analysis options are not available yet. A link to another database that used by the authorities for surveillance purposes, still needs to be established as well. The European Commission expects the latter to be completed by the end of the year.
Opening of the database to the public
It has always been the intention to make the product data in EPREL partly available to the general public. To this end, the European Commission is currently working on a prototype in preparation for testing. The public part will contain the possibility to search products by means of certain characteristics and to make a comparison between products. The launch of the public section is planned for early 2021.
Discussion on values to be entered
Last year there was a discussion about the values to be entered in the database. The regulations mention measured values (test results), declared values and intermediate results, but it was not always clear which data should be entered into the database. A discussion between the European Commission, the Member States and stakeholders lead to the decision that a number of regulations will be amended to clarify the type of value to be included.
Temporary interruption of registration in May
Due to maintenance of the EPREL database, it will not be possible to register products in EPREL for about one to two weeks in the second half of May. This means that both manufacturers and suppliers as well as public authorities will not have access to the EPREL data during this period. The exact dates of the 'EPREL offline period' will be announced in the EPREL Workspace in the next two weeks.
Planning for registration for new regulations
In December a number of Ecodesign and energy labelling regulations were published containing a new requirements and definitions. An example is the new regulation for light sources. The new regulations can cause new products or other parameters to have to be registered in the EPREL database to be allowed to place them on the European market. The European Commission will start the necessary works to develop the templates needed for the registration at the end of this year.
How does it affect your business?
Now that public authorities have been granted access to the database, they can start using the data in their product surveillance activities. It is therefore an appropriate time to double check whether all your products covered by energy labelling regulations have been correctly registered in the official EPREL database. Please note: Products registered in the EPREL 'test environment' are not automatically transferred, so they must be registered separately in the official database. More information on the frequently asked questions on EPREL can be found here.
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