Traceability enables stakeholders to track the journey of goods throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to the final consumer, as per “definition of traceability”.
In the European Union (EU), regulations play a significant role in setting standards and enforcing traceability requirements across various industries.
So, what do EU regulations require for traceability? In which sectors? Let's explore.
Textiles and Apparel
In the textiles and apparel industry, EU regulations emphasize traceability and transparency to address concerns related to labor rights, environmental sustainability, and product safety.
The Textile Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011) requires textile products marketed in the EU to bear labeling indicating fiber composition, care instructions, and country of origin.
There are 16 pieces of legislation that will touch different aspects of supply chain - see a detailed overview here.
Traceability systems enable brands to track the origin of materials, verify compliance with ethical and environmental standards, and address issues such as forced labor and harmful chemicals in textile production.
Food and Agriculture
In the food and agriculture sector, EU regulations mandate comprehensive traceability systems to safeguard public health and prevent foodborne illnesses.
The EU's General Food Law Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 establishes principles and requirements for food safety, including traceability throughout the food chain. Food operators must ensure that products are traceable at all stages of production, processing, and distribution.
Traceability enables swift identification and recall of products in the event of food safety incidents or outbreaks.
The pharmaceutical industry is subject to stringent traceability requirements under EU regulations to combat counterfeit medicines and ensure patient safety.
The Falsified Medicines Directive (Directive 2011/62/EU) mandates the implementation of a robust serialization and verification system for prescription medicines. Pharmaceutical manufacturers must apply unique identifiers, such as serial numbers and tamper-evident features, to individual drug packages.
Traceability systems enable verification of the authenticity and integrity of medicines throughout the supply chain, safeguarding patients from counterfeit or substandard products.
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
EU regulations impose traceability obligations on manufacturers and distributors of cosmetics and personal care products to ensure consumer safety and compliance with regulatory requirements.
The Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009) mandates the maintenance of detailed records documenting the composition, production, and distribution of cosmetic products. Traceability systems enable authorities to trace the origin of ingredients, monitor product safety, and facilitate recalls in case of adverse reactions or non-compliance with regulatory standards.
EU regulations impose traceability requirements across various sectors to ensure product safety, quality, and compliance with regulatory standards.
Traceability systems enable stakeholders to track the flow of goods, identify potential risks, and take corrective actions to mitigate adverse impacts on consumers, public health, and the environment.
By adhering to traceability regulations, businesses can enhance consumer trust, minimize risks, and contribute to a safer and more sustainable marketplace in the EU and beyond.
At Renoon, we recognise the difficulty in identifying the right tools to effectively adopt and scale traceability solutions to prepare for regulations while gaining competitive advantage.
We have an open and collaborative approach with businesses and solutions, integrating with many of them.
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