The foundation is being laid for the implementation of the European digital passport of the product.

GS1 in Europe has joined the CIRPASS consortium (Collaborative Initiative for a Standards-based Digital Product Passport for Stakeholder-Specific Sharing of Product Data for a Circular Economy), which unites leading organizations in building the European vision for a unified approach in the creation and implementation of digital product passport (DPP). The work of the Consortium is funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Program and aims to create the basis for the smooth development and deployment of the DPP from 2023 onwards, with an initial focus on the electronics, batteries and textiles sectors.

The new CIRPASS project was officially launched on 5 October with a hybrid meeting held in Brussels. The team includes 30 partners representing thousands of industrial, digital, international, standardization, regulatory and non-governmental organizations across Europe. The 18-month project will respond to the announced EC commission to create a clear concept for a digital product passport and define the product data model for different sectors, with clear benefits for the circular economy, as well as develop roadmaps for its implementation.

To ensure a cross-sectoral approach, CIRPASS brings together leading European research and technology organizations, supported by three standardization organizations, including GS1 in Europe, a set of experienced circular economy and sustainability consultants, several major European industry associations, digital web experts as well as selected digital solution providers. Thanks to this community sharing knowledge and expertise, the project will build consensus around the concept of the digital passport of the product and contribute to the development of common principles and prototypes for its implementation.

In addition to project partner collaboration, a key element of the CIRPASS action plan is to engage stakeholders. For this purpose, the relevant ecosystem will be created. Various activities will be announced during the project, inviting companies and organizations from all over Europe to participate, including the joining of expert and stakeholder groups, participation in workshops, public events and CIRPASS consultations, and much more.

By joining CIRPASS, GS1 in Europe will contribute to reflect in DPP work packages the relevant standards, develop prototypes and outline implementation strategies and recommendations.

You will find more information about the development of the project in the GS1 channels in Europe on Twitter and LinkedIn, in the online newsletter Infobusiness and from the GS1 Bulgaria team, contact phone number 02/8117 604; email

GS1 Europe is a neutral non-profit organization dedicated to implementing GS1 global standards, services and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of products and locations internationally and across sectors in Europe. GS1 in Europe, through 49 national member organizations in Europe and Asia, represents more than 500,000 companies. GS1 in Europe encourages companies to cooperate in order to establish common rules and common standards, thus improving their efficiency, safety, security and sustainability.

Association GS1 Bulgaria is part of GS1 in Europe and the official representative of Bulgaria in GS1 AISBL, a leading international organization in the development and implementation of global standards and solutions. Among them are standards for automatic identification, barcode marking of goods and services, electronic data interchange (EDI), as well as data synchronization.