At the end of a year 2022 that will be significantly shaped by the topic of “EPR”, we will join you in Berlin/Germany to look into the future of product responsibility directly in front of the Federal Chancellery, free of charge for VERE members, take-e-way and trade-e-bility customers as well as partners, authorities and associations. As the number of places is limited, please register at your earliest convenience.
“We source 90% of our goods from [...] distributors who are offering the products on a commercial scale on the German market for the first time. Amazon nevertheless requires us to…
Similar to the extended producer responsibility for electrical/electronic equipment and batteries, the new provisions of the law will require all non-Austrian companies (both in…
In the UK, despite Brexit, the Plastic Tax Act has been in force since 1 April 2022. Italy and Portugal have also already passed legislation on the plastic tax.
trade-e-bility customers report that the large OEMs require their suppliers to deal with the topic of disposal labelling or the labelling of packaging under waste legislation and to apply the labelling to the packaging and/or products.
The Environment Committee of the Bundesrat is against a reclassification of old boilers and hot water storage tanks in the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), as the current classification of these appliances in the category of heat transmitters is not erroneous or disadvantageous, according to the Committee’s recommendation.
If you cannot demonstrate to Amazon that you comply with the EPR, Amazon will suspend your non-compliant listings under WEEE on 1 January 2023. This may also affect parts of your WEEE offerings for which there is no valid branded appliance type registration in the EAR foundation’s manufacturer register.
In a separate statement, Sweden welcomes Spain’s intention to give a further boost to engaging in the circular economy but emphasises that the draft will make it more difficult to export goods to Spain as companies will need to adapt the packaging of their products to the new, unilateral requirements.
As is already the case for electrical appliances, batteries and packaging, extended producer responsibility (EPR) is also to be formulated for textiles.
Economic operators who will be affected by the new Ecodesign Framework Regulation should find out at an early stage how it will be implemented. It is not clear whether EN 17902…
In the free live webinar Packaging Requirements in Germany and Europe we will focus on the new packaging requirements applicable in Germany. The second part presents the registration obligations in other European countries (France, Austria, Spain).
In the case of sales platforms such as eBay, Amazon or Kaufland, etc., this information is usually provided by the platform operators, although the lawyers from Internetrecht Rostock know from their consulting experience that the presentation sometimes does not work properly in practice.
As this new legislation is an EU regulation, it no longer needs to be transposed into national law; it therefore applies directly and without a transposition period.
According to the decree n°2021-835 from 29th June 2021, all French take-back systems have to develop a sorting information per waste stream, with the purpose to help the consumers sort their waste correctly. All items of clothing, household linen and footwear brought onto the French market are concerned.
The information for the consumer always consists of the Triman symbol together with the info-tri (sorting information), which have to be displayed together. It applies to household furniture, both to indoor and to outdoor furniture.
Together with its partners, take-e-way GmbH has collected 29,290 t of waste electrical and electronic equipment (previous year: 26,628 t) and handed over to certified primary treatment facilities on behalf of their customers for the purpose of preparation for reuse or for feedstock recycling.
Three children are reported to have died and one child per month have been seriously injured because they had swallowed or ingested button batteries. Businesses that violate the Australian Consumer Protection Act can be fined up to $10 million and individuals up to $500,000.
Tightly woven textiles cannot be made from the natural fibre bamboo because the raw materials are subjected to a viscose process in which the properties of the raw material are lost. Therefore, it must not be advertised that it is bamboo.
From 10 December 2023 the presumption of conformity for the “safety standard” EN IEC 60947-3:2009 expires. For external power supply devices for mobile phones, the “radio equipment standard” EN 301 489-34 V1.4.1. expires at the same time.
This has so far been governed by the EU Mercury Regulation (EU) 2017/852. Annex II of the Regulation contains a list of products that are already subject to a ban. This list is to be extended until January 1, 2026.
At the European level, the Federal Government should work towards the introduction of the digital product passport to ensure that the information it contains is “clear, comprehensible and helpful for consumers”. In addition, the prerequisites must be created to place the necessary product information on packaging by means of QR codes, the draft states.
The EU Parliament and representatives of the EU member states have agreed on a draft directive which, in its current version, provides for extended reporting obligations, in particular on the sustainability of the company's activities, from 2024 for companies with more than 250 employees and a turnover of 40 million euros. From 1 January 2026, small and…
The law firm IT-Recht-Kanzlei informs that generally online marketplaces, i.e. in addition to Amazon and eBay also etsy, Hood, Kasuwa, Kaufland and others, are obliged from 1 July 2022 to check whether their traders act in conformity with the Packaging Act.
All publishers and bookshops that send packaged goods to end customers must register in the LUCID packaging register. What is also new is that intermediaries or publishing house distributors must ask their customers to register, otherwise neither books nor other goods could possibly be shipped in conformity with the law from 1 July 2022.
There is a risk of fines. The confiscation of undue profits may be a consequence of the violation of the take-back concept.
In addition to registration, which had to be completed by 1 July 2022, distributors of transport packaging have further obligations, which we have compiled for you here.
In addition to the classic supermarkets, discounters and – according to the Federal Environment Agency – drugstores, all other traders are also considered food traders as long as they meet the corresponding requirements (offering food, minimum sales floor space).
The regulation applies, for example, to smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones and portable speakers. In addition, the Parliament is reported to have been able to push through in the negotiations that, for example, laptops, e-readers, keyboards and computer mouse devices, navigation systems, smartwatches and electronic toys would also be included, as long…
This case impressively shows the meanwhile existing networking of public authorities in the field of WEEE. Against this backdrop, every pan-European manufacturer should be aware that the shipping options of its web shop can already lead to conclusions about the shipment of electrical appliances to other European countries.
According to Section 9 of the German Consumer Goods Ordinance (BdeGgstV), the articles listed in Annex 7 of the Ordinance may only be placed on the market if the warnings listed therein are indelible, clearly visible, easily legible and in the German language.
In addition to the submission of a cease-and-desist declaration with a penalty clause, costs were demanded in almost all cases on the basis of an object value of € 10,000.00, i.e. around € 973.66.
The substance is found in paints and coatings. If the threshold is exceeded, ECHA must be informed via a corresponding entry in the SCIP database, as well as the next recipient of the product in the supply chain. In addition, there is a duty to provide information to the customer for B2C sales.
As an association especially representing the interests of producers in terms of fair competition, VERE e.V. calls on the EU Commission to intervene and reject the development towards country-specific labelling and regulations that hinder the free movement of goods in the EU's internal market.
According to Packaging Register Board Gunda Rachut, in anticipation of the tightening of the German Packaging Act, about 3,500 companies sign up daily in the Packaging Register, with a rising tendency. The driver for online retailers to contribute to the costs of disposal and recycling of their packaging in large quantities for the first time is the fear of…
As of 1 July 2022, shipping packaging added to your goods when shipped by fulfilment service providers and electronic marketplaces will no longer be licensed by them. The obligation to license these quantities (shipping packaging) is then passed on to the distributors. As a rough estimate of shipping packaging volume, Amazon recommends take-e-way customers…
In a competition law case, the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Frankfurt/Main laid down comprehensive obligations for the operator of an online marketplace if products that do not comply with product law are sold via its platform.