Italian Environmental Labelling postponed to 2022 and further clarifications.

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Italy has introduced the so-called “Environmental labelling” already discussed and analyzed in our previous article “Application of the Italian Environmental Labelling to cosmetic products”. The labelling is mandatory on all packaging in Italy, including cosmetics. Its scope is to prevent and reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment, ensuring at the same time a high level of environmental protection.

Italian Environmental Labelling Updates

The application of this labelling was already partially suspended during the first semester of 2021, but a new piece of legislation (Law n°69 of 21 May 2021, converting the so-called “Decreto Sostegni”) has postponed all environmental labelling requirements to the beginning of 2022.

This means that not only the appropriate indications for disposal have been suspended but also displaying the nature of the packaging material by using the alphanumerical code provided by Decision 97/129/EC.

The above-mentioned law also provides that “products without the requirements prescribed by art. 219, paragraph 5 and already placed on the market or labeled on 1 January 2022, can be marketed while stocks last.”.

In addition to this, the Ministry of Ecological Transition (Ministero della Transizione Ecologica – MITE) has published a circular addressing some clarifications on the Environmental Labelling among which:

  1. Responsible subjects for environmental labeling obligations
  2. Neutral packaging, regarding transport packaging
  3. Small, multilingual, and import packaging
  4. Packaging for export
  5. Use of digital

Biorius remains at your disposal for any questions related to this topic and we will ensure that you are informed about the latest updates and all regulatory developments related to the environmental labelling requirements in Italy. Should you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to contact your dedicated Account Manager.

Best regards,

Davide Musardo

Regulatory expert


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