ElektroG: What is governed by the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act? What manufacturers & distributors should know.
The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act in Germany (ElektroG) governs the sale, disposal and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. It also controls, among other things, which equipment needs to be registered and labelled (such as with the ubiquitous symbol of the crossed-out wheelie bin). But what falls within the definition of electrical equipment? Simply put: electrical equipment is equipment that requires an electrical current or an electric field to operate correctly.
According to the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, the labelling obligation (WEEE labelling) with the symbol of the cross-out wheelie bin applies to products aimed at end consumers.
By definition, the obligation applies to all those who commercially:
- Manufacture products under their own brand name and place them on the German market for the first time.
- Resell electrical and electronic equipment from other suppliers in their own products and/or under their own brand name in Germany.
- Introduce and place electrical equipment on the German market for the first time.
What are the consequences of non-licencing?
Infringements against compulsory registration and the take-back obligation according to the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act constitute an offence that is punishable with a six-figure fine. Incorrect or non-registration is an offence and is also considered a infringement of competition law that is subject to a warning.