General Information

Since November 24th, 2005 producers of electrical and electronic equipment are legally obliged to register at stiftung ear. Without first registering, a producer is not allowed to place any electrical and electronic equipment on the market in Germany.

Following important information concerning the term producer.



The registration is valid both for privately used (b2c), as well as for commercially used (b2b) electrical and electronic equipment. According to the allocation as b2c or b2b electrical and electronic equipment, the ElektroG determines the range of the corresponding producers’ obligations. Therefore, a producer of b2c electrical and electronic equipment may only then be registered if he/she presents a guarantee against insolvency. If the guarantee against insolvency is not presented annually, a registration that has already been effective can be withdrawn.

The registration ensures that the producers are taking responsibility for their electrical and electronic equipment, especially the responsibility for recycling and disposing of these according to the ElektroG.

Electrical and electronic equipment from private households is collected in containers provided by the örE (public waste disposal authorities). Producers are obliged to pick up the collected and provided waste electrical and electronic equipment immediately upon being ordered by stiftung ear to do so.

Definition of a producer

Even just "offering" electrical and electronic equipment already establishes the capacity as a producer (§ 3 no. 9 ElektroG). This includes, for example, mere advertising of product offers on internet pages or printing of brochures with offers. It is not necessary to actually place equipment on the market. This is also valid for those who offer equipment of non-registered foreign producers.

Authorised representative

Since October 24th, 2015  producers without a branch in Germany can no longer be registered or remain registered themselves.

Affected producers who are already registered, but without a branch in Germany can

  • setup a branch in Germany or
  • charge an authorised representative (§ 3 no. 10 ElektroG) established in Germany and name him to stiftung ear.

This must take place until April 25th, 2016 (within 6 months after amendment of ElektroG has entered into force). Otherwise, stiftung ear must revoke any issued registrations.

If a branch is set up in Germany, then

  • stiftung ear must be informed of this,
  • proof must be submitted (e.g. commercial register excerpt),
  • registrations for a newly founded company must be applied for, as appropriate.

In cases in which an authorised representative (§ 3 no. 10 ElektroG) is nominated, the authorised representative must apply for the necessary registrations themselves and with a new application. The foreign producer should inform stiftung ear as soon as their authorised representative is registered in accordance with the regulations, so that their own registrations can be revoked.

Further information

For detailed information please refer to the German version of our website. There you find all information about the stiftung ear and its work e.g. on registration, duties, guarantee. Please note that in case of any ambiguity the German version is determinant.



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Questions and answers

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