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The preparatory study on textile products, hereinafter referred to as PS, will mainly follow the structure prescribed by the Methodology for Ecodesign of Energy-related Products (MEErP). This methodology has over many years proved to be comprehensive and effective in preparing product related legislation, and is therefore deemed fit to be applied also to non-energy-related products. The MEErP consists of seven tasks: task 1 on scope, task 2 on markets, task 3 on user behaviour, task 4 on technologies, task 5 on environment and economics, task 6 on design options, and task 7 on policy scenarios. The used methodology will be adapted to the specific features of the textile product group and the requirements set by the ESPR proposal.

Besides following the tasks set by the MEErP, the PS will include the building blocks of the Ecolabel Preliminary Report, as set by the EU Ecolabel Regulation. Additionally, the PS will point out the focus areas of the EU GPP criteria of the product selected in the scope.

The development of the PS will include the direct involvement of stakeholders following the principles of the Sevilla Process. The Table below reports the stages of the project that will require the participation of registered stakeholders.

The following link allows the registration as stakeholder:



Topic addressed



Initial questionnaire

Definitions, Scope, Market analysis, User Behaviour, Ecodesign aspects, EU Ecolabel, EU Green Public Procurement


30 March 2023 – 8 May 2023


1st milestone

Scope, market, user behaviour, current EU Ecolabel criteria, current EU Green Public Procurement criteria


23 February 2024 – 22 April 2024


2nd milestone

Technologies, and analysis of base-cases from environmental and economic perspectives


To be communicated


3rd milestone

Analysis of ecodesign aspects, design options, policy scenarios, and elements to be included in the digital product passport


To be communicated


For each milestone, the stakeholder consultation will include the following steps:

  1. The JRC will communicate by email to all registered stakeholders the time and steps of the specific consultation. In the same email, the JRC will provide the working document(s) related to the milestone. All documents will be uploaded on the specific section.
  2. Registered stakeholders will read the working document(s) before the on-line consultation meeting.
  3. The JRC and registered stakeholders will attend the on-line consultation meeting. In this meeting, registered stakeholders will be able to openly discuss with the JRC and among themselves.
  4. Registered stakeholders will provide comments to the working document(s).
  5. On a specific section, the JRC will publish a document containing anonymised written comments submitted by the registered stakeholders with the corresponding answer by the JRC.

The suitable time will be given to each step of the stakeholder consultation.

Details about the 1st milestone



23 February

The JRC will communicate by email to all registered stakeholders:

  • where to download the working document from – the working document will address product scope, market analysis, user behaviour and preliminary work on EU-Ecolabel and GPP;

  • the link to be used for the on-line consultation meeting.

From 23 February to 15 March

Registered stakeholders may read the working document before the on-line consultation meeting.

On 18 and 19 March

Registered stakeholders and JRC will attend the on-line consultation meeting.

JRC will provide the agenda of the meeting, in advance, by email to all registered stakeholders.

From 20 March to 22 April

Registered stakeholders will be able to provide comments in writing to the working document until April 22.


How to provide written comments to the working document of the 1st milestone

On 18-19 March 2024, the JRC held the online consultation meeting about the 1st milestone. 

The meeting focused on elements reported in the working document, which is accessible at the following link: Preparatory study on textiles for product policy instruments – 1st milestone. The entire consultation process aims to verify the work done to date and to collect additional information and views. 

The slides presented during the meeting are available in the section of Documents in the box “Documents related to the Preparatory Study”.

Stakeholders will be able to provide written comments to the working document until April 22 at 23:59 CET.

Written comments should be submitted via this web form.

The web form allows the submission of maximum 10 comments, but stakeholders can submit as many web forms as they wish.

When providing your comments, please be mindful that what is most relevant is the reasoning and evidence supporting a position, rather than the number of contributions. JRC encourages stakeholders to team up and send well-argumented aggregated comments. Additionally, JRC encourages companies to provide comments via their associations.