France Introduces New Packaging Signage Requirements

Top Quote A look at the French government reform – Decree 2021-835 – to the logos required on packaging and products following the passing of the AGEC Law. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 14, 2021 - France has introduced reforms to the logos it requires on packaging and products to simplify sorting and recycling.

    Published on June 29, 2021, Decree 2021-835 details implementing requirements for Art. L541-9-3 of the Environmental Code as amended by the anti-wastage and circular economy law (AGEC Law).

    Principal changes include:
    • ‘Green Dot’ (‘Le Point Vert’) – removed
    • ‘Triman’ and ‘Sorting Info’ (‘Info-Tri’) – harmonized

    Use of the new harmonized labels will be compulsory and they should be affixed to each product submitted to Extended Producer Responsibility (REP), including household packaging and graphic papers. Sorting information must be attached to the Triman logo, which can be printed directly on, or affixed with a sticker, to the packaging.

    Special cases:
    • Glass beverage packaging – exempted
    • Small products (when largest surface of the product or packaging is less than 10cm2 and other documents are not supplied) – marking can be made available by other means (online, point-of-sale display, etc.)
    • Small/medium products (when the largest surface of the product or packaging is between 10 cm2 and 20 cm2) – Triman logo must be displayed but the sorting instructions can be made available by other means (see above)

    Stakeholders should be aware the new obligations enter into force on January 1, 2022, but there is a one-year transition period after its implementation. Businesses will also have an additional six-month grace period to allow the clearance of any products that had been imported or manufactured before the law’s implementation.

    Stakeholders should remain alert to the regulatory calendar for these new marking rules. Before they are implemented:
    • Sorting-Info is subject to public consultation
    • Sorting-Info the submitted to validation by public authorities
    • 12-month period of grace following validation before they enter into force, during which graphic and information elements are finalized

    To see the new signage, click here. []

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