Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
EPR is a piece of environmental legislation that assigns responsibility for the entire life cycle of a product to the producer. From 1st January 2022, new requirements are coming into effect in France and Germany.
What is changing with EPR?
Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, is an environmental policy that was introduced in 1988 in Sweden. EPR requires a producer to take responsibility for the entire lifecycle for the products that they put into the market, including their disposal.
The changes to EPR, which are coming into force from 1st January 2022, will shift the cost of collecting household waste from the taxpayer to the producer.
What will change for marketplace sellers?
From 1st January 2022, if you sell your products in Germany and/or France, operators of Online Marketplaces (OMP) are responsible for ensuring that you fully comply with EPR in these countries.
Your OMP will therefore collect and validate your EPR registration number(s). If you cannot prove your EPR compliance, you can expect the following actions:
Under legislation from Germany, your OMP will be required to suspend all non-compliant listings, from the following dates, under the relevant EPR product categories:
all listings from 1st July 2022
Electrical & Electronic Equipment (EEE):
all listings from 1st January 2023
deadline to be confirmed
There are several categories where you will need to register for EPR from 1st January 2022. These are:
- Electrical & Electronic Equipment (EEE)
There are an additional two categories where EPR registration will be required, however dates have not yet been confirmed. These categories are:
- Piercing Medical Equipment
As further information is released from the French authorities, we will update this page.
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