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EU Commission Draft Regulation Establishes Marking Standards for Products in Contact with Drinking Water

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The European Commission has introduced a draft Commission Delegated Regulation to supplement Directive (EU) No 2020/2184 regarding the quality of water intended for human consumption. The proposed regulation aims to establish harmonized specifications for the marking of products that come into contact with drinking water, ensuring they comply with hygiene requirements as set out in Article 11 of Directive (EU) 2020/2184.

Under Directive (EU) 2020/2184, materials in contact with drinking water must not compromise human health, affect the water's properties, enhance microbial growth, or release contaminants beyond safe levels. The Commission's draft regulation outlines specifications for a conspicuous, clearly legible, and indelible marking, which must be affixed to products meeting these requirements.

The regulation defines the marking requirements, including the symbol to be used, its size (minimum 5 mm), placement on the product, packaging, and accompanying documentation. It also mandates the inclusion of the text "SUITABLE FOR DRINKING WATER" in uppercase, with specific font and size requirements.

The regulation stipulates that the marking should stand out clearly and not be impaired by other labels. It should be located near other labeling on the product, documentation, and packaging.

If adopted, the regulation is set to enter into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and will apply from December 31, 2026, aligning it with other drinking water contact materials regulations.



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