The identification mark must indicate:
- The name of the country in which the establishment is located (e.g. IRELAND, or IE)
- The approval number of the establishment
- The abbreviation ‘EC’ (or one of the variations listed in Annex II, Section 1 of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004)
See example of an identification mark on a label below
The identification mark must be legible and indelible, and the characters easily decipherable. The mark must be clearly displayed for the competent authorities.
When applied in an establishment within the European Community , the mark must be oval in shape.
The identification mark must be applied before the product leaves the establishment of production. However, when a product’s packaging and/or wrapping is removed or it is further processed in another establishment, a new mark must be applied to the product. In such cases the new mark must indicate the approval number of the establishment where these operations take place. For example, if cheese is produced in one establishment then sent to another establishment for cutting and packaging, the packaging will bear the approval number of the second establishment.
There is further information on identification marks in Annex II, Section 1 of Regulation 853/2004/EC
Last reviewed: 24/1/2013