What is the legal basis for EPR regulations in Germany?

From 2022, the German Packaging Act (Verpackungsgesetz or VerpackG) establishes a control obligation for online marketplaces, so that retailers who sell to end consumers in Germany must follow the guidelines and submit their EPR registration number(s) to the marketplace operators as proof of this.

The German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (Elektrogesetz or ElektroG, WEEE) and the German battery law (Batteriegesetz or BattG) stipulate that all manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment or batteries who want to sell their products on the German market must register of the authority „Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte Register“ (Stiftung EAR).

To have a better understanding of your specific EPR obligations in Germany, we recommend using our EPR Compliance Check tool.

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