Merchants are required to comply with the German Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
To ensure compliance, merchants have to obtain a WEEE registration number by completing registrations for each brand and category of electronic equipment offered on Joom.de.
What is the German EPR law about?
The main aim is to ensure the proper handling, recycling, and disposal of such products while holding manufacturers and merchants responsible for their lifecycle. It applies to all Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), unless explicitly exempted by law.
Your products are considered EEE if they are designed for use with alternating current up to 1,000 volts or direct current up to 1,500 volts and meet the following criteria:
- These devices require electric currents or electromagnetic fields to function correctly.
- These devices are used in the generation, transfer, and measurement of electric currents and electromagnetic fields.
This includes products with batteries if they meet the mentioned criteria. However, standalone batteries are regulated by the German Batteries Act and are not covered by this law.
What product categories are affected by this law?
- Heat Exchangers: refrigerators, air conditioners, boilers.
- Screens, monitors, and devices with a screen area over 100 square centimeters: screens, TV sets, notebooks, laptops.
- Lamps: fluorescent lamps, LED lamps.
- Large Appliances: washing machines, E-bikes.
- Small Appliances: toasters, clocks, kettles.
- Small IT and Telecommunication Devices: mobile phones, GPS devices, routers, network cables.
How to prove your compliance with the law?
Anyone manufacturing, first-time selling, or importing EEE in Germany must register with the Stiftung EAR. This registration is mandatory to obtain a Stiftung EAR registration number.
The registration number must be provided when selling the product and included on invoices, as required by the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act.
Please go to this page to learn more about products covered by the law.
How to provide this information?
If you have a branch in Germany.
If you are a producer with a branch in Germany, you must fulfill all obligations and do the following:
- Sign up with Stiftung EAR as a producer to obtain your Stiftung EAR registration number.
- Register all your brands and categories for electronic equipment with Stiftung EAR before offering them in Germany.
If you don’t have a branch in Germany.
If you are a producer without a branch in Germany, please contact one of the following legal entities to receive a registration number:
Your authorized legal entity will be responsible for fulfilling your legal obligations as a producer in Germany. To meet these obligations, you need to appoint an authorized legal entity according to the Stiftung EAR guidance.
- Once you receive your registration number on the Stiftung EAR Portal, please go to the EPR Germany for Electronics page in your Merchant Panel.
Fill in the following fields:
Name Please name your documents so that it is easy to find them on the list. Registration number This number can be issued for several categories and brands. Product categories
The product category of electronic equipment that you sell on Joom.de
Brands Choose all brands you have registered under this registration number. Only authorized brands are available. Proof of payment document scan Please provide a document scan with confirmation of payment for the registration fee. Payment date The date when the registration fee was paid. Expiration date The date is automatically set and cannot be changed. You must provide a new document scan with confirmation of payment for the registration fee one month before this date. Screenshot from the EAR Portal
Please visit this website, enter the required information, and provide screenshots displaying all of your registered brands below.
- Tick the box next to the consent message and click Save.
What happens if you do not comply with the law?
Joom is required by law to verify your compliance with the German WEEE EPR obligations. If you fail to comply, Joom will impose a ban on selling EEE products to Germany.
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