The draft act on informing about prices of goods and services was adopted


Price marking of individual goods is time-consuming and highly time-consuming for store employees. Although in the era of barcodes, labeling loses its importance in the case of large supermarkets, single sticking prices on goods is still burdensome for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Labeling of goods

Recently, the Council of Ministers has adopted a draft act on providing information on prices of goods and services. As for the purpose, the Act provides for amenities for entrepreneurs, such as, for example, no obligation to mark each item with a price in the offer. As a result, traders will not have to label the entire product - they only have to show its prices.

It should be added that nowadays there is no need to stick a price on many goods. This is the case of small-size goods, plants, animals and some goods with a price lower than PLN 5.

Other provisions of the amendment

The bill provides for, inter alia, refraining from specifying the list and prices of individual goods.

The new regulations also regulated the situation of possible market restrictions. Detailed solutions will find a place in acts dealing with emergency states, e.g. the act on the state of natural disaster, the state of emergency or the act on martial law.


Moreover, a new definition of "displaying" prices, including unit prices, was introduced into the act. This concept should be understood as a situation in which the price of the goods is so visible that the buyer has no doubts as to its amount, topicality and truthfulness.

In practice, this assumption can be realized without the need to price all commodities. The exception to the rule are special provisions regulating, inter alia, labeling with the price of cigarettes or smoking tobacco.

A beneficial solution for entrepreneurs will be the use of e.g. price tags or electronic price lists. Perhaps the above-mentioned solutions will be specified in the secondary legislation.

In technical matters, the amendment would assume that the methods of displaying the prices of goods or services and the list of such goods for which the price display is not obligatory will be regulated in the regulation of the Minister of Economy.

Moreover, the bill also provides for changes to other acts. An example may be the amendment to the Road Transport Act, in which the commune council was granted the power to set official prices for taxi journeys within the commune.

Purpose of the project

The act is to implement the government's actions in the field of broadly understood deregulation. The aim was to reduce excessive administrative burdens for traders, including respect for the economic interests of consumers, which result from their right to clear, unambiguous information about the price of products.

In addition, in the assumptions of the project, you can read that “it aims to eliminate the so-called dead regulations and inadequate to the current market situation regarding the setting of official prices and official trade margins for certain goods or services ”.