Modification of the electronic law – the new open scope
Since of the 15.08.2018 the open scope (offener Anwendungsbereich) is into force. Meaning that primarily ALL electrical and electronic equipment has to be registered according to the electronic law. Therefore, many more devices and device types will have to be registered, such as furniture, smartwear and many more.
Beware: the already registered products (Stiftung-EAR) of the producers and sellers are impacted too. These devices will be placed into new device categories. Therefore, producers and sellers must be sure that they are currently still registered properly and eventually make changes to their existing registration. This has to be done before the 15th of August so that you can remain legally sound.
Through the implementing of the open scope, the device categories will be minimized from the currently 10, into 6 device categories. These are as follows:
- Category 1: Heat vectors
- Category 2: Screens, Monitors and devices, that have a surface larger than 100 cm2
- Category 3: Lamps
- Category 4: Devices that have an outer dimension of more than 50 cm (lare equipment)
- Category 5: Devices that have an outer dimension of less than 50 cm (small equipment)
- Category 6: Small devices for the information and telecommunication technology, where the outer dimensions are less than 50 cm.
The Stiftung-EAR will implement changes to the current registrations of products and device categories to make sure they adhere to the new categories. In future, the relevance will comprise mostly based on the size of the device, as an oppose to its functionality (further information can be found on the site of the Stiftung-EAR: https://www.stiftung-ear.de/elektrog-2018/).