New registration obligation for packaging in Spain

The Spanish packaging law obliges producers to register their packaging. Distributors from abroad must also register through an authorised representative if they sell packaged products in Spain.

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General Product Safety Regulation (EU) 2023/988 obliges
GPSR Risk Analysis Required

Mandatory for almost every product: According to the GPSR, producers must draw up technical documentation for the products they place on the market. The technical documentation must be based on an internal risk analysis.

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General Product Safety Regulation requires Responsible Person
EU Responsible Person Service for the GPSR and more

Since 16 July 2021, it is against the law to sell products with CE marking without a Responsible Person in the EU. In addition, a Responsible Person must also be specified in accordance with the General Product Safety Regulation (EU) 2023/988.

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Personal EU Batteries Regulation Training
Ready for the new Batteries Regulation (EU) 2023/1542

Find out which obligations the EU Batteries Regulation places on you and how to deal with them in your specific case. Receive comprehensive information on how to implement your obligations with regard to labelling, battery passport, EPR and due diligence obligations in the supply chain.

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UIN Number for Producers

Are you facing problems to be EPR compliant in France? 

  • Language / cultural barriers
  • Complicated waste streams and regulations
  • Difficult quantity declaration

Connect with take-e-way for your UIN solutions in France!

The French anti-waste law or circular economy law AGEC (loi anti-gaspillage pour une économie circulaire) obliges the legally defined producer to collect and process the waste generated by its products at the end of their life cycle.

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What is the Unique Identification Number (UIN)?

As stated in the article L541-10-13 within the law n° 2020-105 of the 10th February 2020, which enters into force on the 2nd January 2022, the French government has decided to issue a Unique Identification Number to every producer placing particular products on the French market. This UIN will be issued for every waste stream subject to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in France. 

The UIN at a glance:

  • One UIN will be issued per waste stream. If a producer is registered with three different take-back schemes (e.g. WEEE, batteries, packaging), the producer will receive three different Unique Identification Numbers.
  • The UIN is an addition to the take-back system membership number.
  • The UIN proves that a company is registered with a take-back system in France and complies with its EPR obligations for one specific waste stream.
  • The UIN has to be displayed on the producers’ websites and in the general terms and conditions or, if the latter is not available, in any other contractual document.
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How will the UIN affect market places?

The French authorities can hold a market place responsible for every online seller not complying with their EPR obligations, when selling products to French end-users via their platform,as stated in the article L541-10-9 within the law n° 2020-105 of the 10th February 2020. The market place will not be held responsible if they can prove to the French authorities that the sellers comply with their EPR obligations. In that case, the market places will have to provide a list of their sellers’ UIN on a regular basis to the French authorities..

The impact on market place sellers:

  • Starting from 2022, every producer concerned by EPR selling in France might be asked by the respective market place to provide their Unique Identification Number(s) to prove compliance with the French law.
  • Certain platforms have already started to inform their sellers in order to receive their UIN as early as possible.

What are the most common UIN waste streams in France?

UIN waste streams Description Examples
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Waste from electrical and electronic equipment Lamps, screens and professional electronic products
Batteries Waste from batteries and accumulators Portable, automotive and industrial batteries
Packaging Waste from packaging Cardboard, plastic and glass
Furniture Waste from furniture Household and professional furniture
Textiles Waste from textiles Clothing textiles, household linens and shoes
Paper Waste from graphics papers User manuals, gift cards, advertising inserts
Sport and leisure Waste from sport and leisure products Bicycles, tennis rackets, dumbbells
DIY and garden products Waste from DIY and garden products DIY equipment, hand tools, lawnmowers
Toys Waste from toys Board games, dolls, toy blocks

What will take-e-way do for you?

take-e-way frees you from the complicated processes to obtain UIN numbers in France.

1. Identify which products need to be registered under which UIN waste stream.

2. Be your authorised representative, if necessary.

3. Customise an individual offer for you

4. Join take-e-way! You can have the following benefits immediately: 

  •     We speak the local official languages - English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, etc.
  •     Registration within our extended partner network in France
  •     Obtain the UIN registration numbers for each UIN waste stream
  •     Make sure that every step of the registration is compliant 
  •     You declare easily via our portal on a monthly basis. 

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