Art. 69. Labels

1. Contracting authorities intending to purchase works, supplies or services with specific environmental, social or other characteristics may, in the technical specifications, the award criteria or the contract performance conditions, require a specific label as means of proof that the works, services or supplies correspond to the required characteristics, provided that all of the following conditions are fulfilled:

a) the label requirements are adequate to define the characteristics of the works, supplies or services which constitute the subject-matter of the contract and exclusively regard criteria which are linked to them;

b) the label requirements are based on objectively verifiable and non-discriminatory criteria;

c) the labels are established in an open and transparent procedure in which all relevant stakeholders, including government bodies, consumers, social partners, manufacturers, distributors and non-governmental organizations, may participate;

d) the labels are accessible to all interested parties;

e) the label requirements are set by a third party over which the economic operator applying for the label cannot exercise a decisive influence.

2. Where contracting authorities do not require the works, supplies or services to meet all of the label requirements, they shall indicate which label requirements are referred to. Contracting authorities requiring a specific label shall accept all labels that confirm that the works, supplies or services meet equivalent label requirements.

3. Where an economic operator demonstrates that it has no possibility of obtaining the specific label indicated by the contracting authority or an equivalent label within the relevant time limits for reasons that are not attributable to it, the contracting authority shall accept other appropriate means of proof, which may include a technical dossier from the manufacturer, appropriate to demonstrate that the works, supplies or services to be provided by the economic operator fulfil the requirements of the specific label or the specific requirements indicated by the contracting authority.

4. Where a label fulfils the conditions provided in paragraph 1, letters b), c), d) and e), but also sets out requirements not linked to the subject-matter of the contract, contracting authorities shall not require the label as such but may define the technical specification by reference to those of the detailed specifications of that label, or, where necessary, parts thereof, that are linked to the subject-matter of the contract and are appropriate to define characteristics of this subject- matter.
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