What does the Elek­troG say?

Accor­ding to the Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Act (Elek­troG), any pro­du­cer and/or retail­er wis­hing to place elec­tro­nic equip­ment on the Ger­man mar­ket must first regis­ter with stif­tung ear. Each regis­tra­ti­on must spe­ci­fy the brand and the type of equip­ment to be sold. If the regis­tra­ti­on is suc­cessful, the producer/authorised repre­sen­ta­ti­ve will recei­ve a uni­que WEEE regis­tra­ti­on num­ber. This pro­cess can take bet­ween 6–10 weeks. Future regis­tra­ti­ons for other types of equip­ment can use the same WEEE regis­tra­ti­on num­ber.

Regis­tra­ti­on with stif­tung ear is based on the EU Direc­ti­ve on Was­te Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment (WEEE), which has been trans­po­sed into Ger­man law by the Elek­troG. The WEEE Direc­ti­ve regu­la­tes the dis­tri­bu­ti­on, return and pro­per dis­po­sal of waste elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment within the EU. We can help you meet your legal obli­ga­ti­ons.

Unternehmer hat Elektrogeräte registriert

Who is respon­si­ble, or rather, who is the initi­al dis­tri­bu­tor accor­ding to the Elek­troG?

Accor­ding to the Elek­troG, “initi­al dis­tri­bu­ti­on” means pla­cing elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment (EEE) on the Ger­man mar­ket for the first time.

You are con­side­red an initi­al dis­tri­bu­tor:

  • If you pro­du­ce, design or have other com­pa­nies pro­du­ce equip­ment under your name and brand, and place it on the mar­ket for the first time (pro­du­cers).
  • If you place equip­ment from ano­ther pro­du­cer on the mar­ket for the first time under your name or brand.
  • If you place for­eign equip­ment on the Ger­man mar­ket (importer).
  • If you are based out­side Ger­ma­ny and are offe­ring your equip­ment via distance sales (online shops and mail-order com­pa­nies).

Com­ply with your EPR under Elek­troG with Noven­tiz

Legal­ly secu­re and up to date with Noven­tiz

The new Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Act has been in force sin­ce 2022.
Here are the most important chan­ges at a glan­ce.

The govern­ment has amen­ded the Elek­troG. One of the objec­ti­ves is to achie­ve a mini­mum coll­ec­tion rate of 65% for WEEE as requi­red by the EU. The amend­ment to the Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Act impo­ses important new obli­ga­ti­ons on online retail­ers, and for the first time, on online mar­ket­place ope­ra­tors.

A sum­ma­ry of all the chan­ges can be found here.

Get a quo­te – ensu­re com­pli­ance

What kind of equip­ment is sub­ject to the Elek­troG?



heat exch­an­gers

e.g. ref­ri­ge­ra­tors, free­zers

screens, moni­tors and equip­ment con­tai­ning dis­plays with a sur­face area of more than 100 cm²

e.g. tele­vi­si­ons, moni­tors, tablets, note­books


e.g. ener­gy-saving bulbs, LED lamps, elec­tric dischar­ge lamps

appli­ances with at least one of the exter­nal dimen­si­ons excee­ding 50 cm (lar­ge appli­ances)

e.g. dish­wa­shers, washing machi­nes, extra­c­tor hoods, ovens, elec­tric bicy­cles wit­hout type appr­oval, elec­tric rowing machi­nes

appli­ances for which none of the exter­nal dimen­si­ons exceed 50 cm (small appli­ances)

e.g. elec­tric shavers, toys, small con­su­mer elec­tro­nics, light bulbs, mea­su­ring instru­ments, tools

small IT and tele­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons devices for which none of the exter­nal dimen­si­ons of which exceed 50 cm

e.g. mobi­le pho­nes, rou­ters, com­pu­ters, prin­ters

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WEEE stands for waste elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment. The under­ly­ing direc­ti­ve is the Euro­pean Was­te Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Direc­ti­ve.

Anyo­ne who places EEE on the Ger­man mar­ket must have a WEEE regis­tra­ti­on num­ber, spe­ci­fi­cal­ly pro­du­cers, online retail­ers, importers and anyo­ne who places goods on the mar­ket via mar­ket­places. If you do not have an office in Ger­ma­ny, you must appoint an aut­ho­ri­sed repre­sen­ta­ti­ve to regis­ter.

WEEE stands for was­te elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment. The WEEE regis­tra­ti­on num­ber is pro­of of com­pli­ance with the legal obli­ga­ti­ons (EPR) for was­te elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment.

For infor­ma­ti­on on fees, plea­se refer to stif­tungs ear’s over­view of fees.

In 2018, the scope of the WEEE Direc­ti­ve was exten­ded to cover all elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment in six cate­go­ries: Heat exch­an­gers, screens, lamps, lar­ge equip­ment, small equip­ment and small equip­ment for infor­ma­ti­on and tele­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy.

The Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Act (Elek­troG) trans­po­ses the Euro­pean WEEE Direc­ti­ve into Ger­man law. It regu­la­tes the pla­cing on the mar­ket, take-back and dis­po­sal of elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment, among­st other things.

The law aims to

  • make elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment less harmful to the envi­ron­ment;
  • avo­id and redu­ce elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic was­te through re-use and reco­very;
  • dis­po­se of non-reco­vera­ble resi­du­al was­te in an envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly man­ner.

In addi­ti­on to “tra­di­tio­nal” elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment, the Elek­troG also appli­es to pro­ducts with elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic com­pon­ents, such as fur­ni­tu­re, clot­hing and life­style pro­ducts.

The law covers the fol­lo­wing:

Elec­tri­cal and elec­tro­nic equip­ment:

Equip­ment desi­gned for use with a vol­ta­ge rating of less than 1,000 volts AC and 1,500 volts DC that
a) depends on elec­tric curr­ents or elec­tro­ma­gne­tic fields in order to work pro­per­ly, or
b) gene­ra­tes, trans­mits or mea­su­res elec­tric curr­ents or elec­tro­ma­gne­tic fields.

It is the respon­si­bi­li­ty of stif­tung ear to deter­mi­ne whe­ther EEE is sub­ject to the Ger­man Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tro­nic Equip­ment Act. You can request stif­tung ear to check whe­ther a pro­duct falls within the scope of the Elek­troG, whe­ther it qua­li­fies for an exemp­ti­on and which pro­duct cate­go­ry it falls into (usual­ly for a fee).