WEEE number: registration with stiftung ear

The WEEE number is a manufacturer number that is assigned following successful registration with stiftung ear. The WEEE registration is based on the WEEE Directive, which is valid in Europe.

What is known as the WEEE Directive governs the sale, take-back and proper disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment within the euro area. The abbreviation WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. As the name suggests, this is a general code of conduct, which, in turn, is implemented in the individual EU Member States by national laws, such as the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG).

ElektroG – your obligations as a manufacturer

According to ElektroG, all manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment who wish to sell their products on the German market are obliged to first register with Stiftung elektro-altegeräte register (stiftung ear). This is to ensure that all distributors of electrical appliances fulfil their product responsibility and take back the waste electrical appliances they have put into circulation. They are therefore not entitled to market electrical appliances in Germany without prior registration with stiftung ear and a corresponding WEEE number.
Please note, however, that you can only register with stiftung ear if you have a place of business in Germany. Otherwise, registration can also be carried out by an authorised representative.

Which products have to be registered?

When it comes to registering electrical equipment under the WEEE Directive, it does not matter whether the equipment is B2B (commercially used) or B2C (privately used), although much stricter requirements apply to B2C equipment: For example, manufacturers who sell their products directly to end consumers are obliged to provide insolvency-proof guarantees.

The WEEE number: one number for everything

If a manufacturer is registering with stiftung ear for the first time, he will then be given a WEEE number, a type of user or customer number that can also be used for future product registrations, provided that the registration process was successful. The number is comprised of:

  • A sequence of 8 digits
  • A country code (e.g. DE for Germany) that precedes the numeric code

This WEEE number must then be included on invoices and during product sales. As stiftung ear is the official directory of all registered electrical manufacturers (or their authorised representatives) in Germany, all manufacturers can be viewed online using the number in the database. This makes it easier to check whether the WEEE Directive is actually being implemented at a national level. In the event of doubt, it is also possible to revoke a registration that has already been granted. Even though the WEEE number usually always remains the same, each device type or each new brand of a manufacturer must be registered separately with stiftung ear.

Registration process and application for the WEEE number

In any case, take care of registering your devices and applying for the WEEE number at an early stage. After all, you can only put a device on the market if the result of your WEEE registration with stiftung ear is positive. The registration process usually takes place in several steps:

  1. Creating a user account on the stiftung ear online portal (entering company data and contact persons)
  2. Inputting of specific registration data (brand, type of device, structural/technical properties)
  3. Warranty information for the device
  4. Uploading of relevant documents (e.g. pictures and brochures)
  5. You will receive information about the outcome of the proceedings after around 8-10 weeks.

If you are not 100% sure whether a device offered by you is subject to registration according to ElektroG, you can submit a ‘Feststellungsantrag’ (request for declaration) to stiftung ear in advance. In addition to an existing user account and a detailed product description, this also requires a brief justification of your doubts. You will then receive a binding confirmation as to whether or not you have to register the device.

Deutsche Recycling is your professional and reliable partner throughout the entire registration process to ensure that the WEEE registration for your electrical/electronic equipment runs smoothly and that you can start selling your products as soon as possible. Find out more now!

WEEE number and registration: what are the costs for manufacturers?

Although actually registering a product (or applying for a WEEE number) costs just €192.80 per manufacturer, brand and type of device, additional expenses may be incurred, such as

  • Costs of verifying the existence of insolvency-proof guarantees for B2C products (approx. €40)
  • €240.30 to verify prima facie evidence (for B2B products)
  • Costs of amending the registration data
  • Expenses in the event that an application cannot be submitted via the electronic online portal (between €17 and €680)
  • Cost of appointing an authorised representative (€445.30)

The question of how high the expenses for the entire registration process are in individual cases cannot therefore be answered in general terms, but depends on the respective manufacturer and the individual situation.

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Are you a manufacturer or distributor of electrical appliances within Germany?This means you are subject to the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroGesetz). In Germany the WEEE directive is enforced by the authority of stiftung ear.

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WEEE International (INT-INT)

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