On February 19, the Commission published the Communication on the visual appearance of the label on EU fertilising products. The Communication explains the labelling requirements set in the Fertilising Products Regulation.
It answers basic questions such as what information is mandatory on the label, in what language, how to provide information on storage and use instructions, and many more. This includes concrete examples of labels for the various types of EU fertilising products, which manufacturers can use when designing their own labels.
The document is not legally binding and serves as a guide. In the end, it is up to the manufacturer to decide where to place the information on the label and how to format it, as long as all the information required in the Regulation is presented.
A task force of representatives of national authorities and interested stakeholders, including experts from the European Compost Network, wrote the first draft of the guidance document. This document was subsequently discussed during meetings of the Commission expert group on fertilising products in 2019 and 2020.
The Guidance document can be accessed here: Guidance document
The Annexes, summarising the labelling requirements for all EU fertilising products can be accessed here: Annexe to guidance document