Smart home products: Different types of WEEE equipment in the EU

Smart home products are required to be registered in Germany as small appliances as contemplated by the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and not as small ITC devices. In the other EU member states, smart home products are registered in different device types depending on their function.

As reported by the gfu, YouGov conducted a representative survey in Germany and Great Britain on behalf of the gfu. This showed that the actual use of smart home solutions is not yet widespread, but that there is a high level of interest in their future use.

At the top of the list of current usage is the control and monitoring of TV, audio or video devices in the home. 18 per cent of respondents from Great Britain and 16 per cent of respondents from Germany say they control consumer electronics products via apps. A further 30 per cent in Great Britain and 25 per cent in Germany can imagine such use in the future.

Smart home products are required to be registered in Germany as small appliances as contemplated by the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) and not as small ITC devices. In take-e-way’s experience, confusion often occurs in this context.

In the other EU member states, smart home products are registered in different device types (WEEE), depending on their function.

Should you have any questions, the consultancy team at take-e-way will be pleased to assist you. Please call +49/40/750687-0 or send an e-mail to beratung@take-e-way.de.

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