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ElektroG3 changes as of January 1, 2023

December 29, 2022

Reminder of upcoming changes at the beginning of 2023

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Flexibility is the focus of the new ElektroG3, which came into force at the beginning of 2022. It is based on a national legislative initiative, which allows an addition of further changes at EU level, so necessary. The FBDi association reminds of some transitional regulations, which apply from 1.1.2023:

  • Liability/verification obligation for online marketplace operators and fulfillment service providers:

In order to keep unregistered products off the market, from 1.1.2023 there will be an obligation to check whether the traded electrical/electronic equipment is listed with the EAR Foundation (Waste Electrical Equipment Register). If this is not the case, there is a sales ban that prohibits manufacturers, dealers, marketplace operators and fulfillment service providers from placing them on the market or offering them for sale, subject to penalty.

  • New labeling requirements in the B2B sector:

Whereas manufacturers previously had to mark their electrical/electronic equipment with the crossed-out wheeled garbage can symbol only for use in private households, from Jan. 1, 2023, this will apply to all new electrical/electronic equipment placed on the market, including professional B2B equipment. The labeling must be on the device; only in exceptions due to size or function is it permitted on the packaging, in the instructions for use or on the warranty certificate. The transition period ends on 31.12.2022 - i.e. goods placed on the market until this date do not need to be subsequently marked.

  • Authorization requirements:

Because abusive market participants were visibly increasing, the ElektroG3 provides for stricter qualitative requirements from 1.1.2023:

The minimum duration of an authorization is three months.

From 20 active registrations per authorized representative, a fee-based inspection and official approval by the EAR foundation will be required.

In addition, the ElektroG3 points out that black sheep will be punished with a fee offense in a four-digit amount.

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