The German law regarding the placing on the market, the take back and the environmentally compatible treatment of electrical and electronic and goods (ElektroG) is in force since 23 March 2005. It is a national implementation of the European Directives 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) from 27 January 2003.

The aim of this legislation is to ensure an environmentally compatible disposal or recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. Since July 2006 only RoHS compliant devices are allowed to be placed on the market. Apart from a few exceptions, electronic components – active, passive, and electromechanic ones – are not subject to the ElektroG. However, the manufacturers of electronic devices need components that meet the requirements of the RoHS Directive in order to produce and offer RoHS compliant products. For this reason, the industry has adopted its processes to RoHS requirements. The products we distribute are marked accordingly.

In 2012 revisions of the RoHS and WEEE will come in forth. These revisions imply some innovations. The extension of product classes has the effect that some components will be subject to the CE marking. We will continue to watch the development and inform our clients in time.

Amendment of the German Packaging Ordinance

The Fifth Amendment of the German packaging ordinance came in force on 1 January 2009. The main changes are

  1. Splitting of sales packaging which goes to commercial and private end users
  2. License obligation for private packaging
  3. Statement of completeness and accuracy

The most important b2b obligations regarding a to c, to which marbach elektronik GmbH can be subject:

  1. Final distributors of sales packaging: 
Free of charge collection or self-disposal

  2. Manufacturer and upstream distributor of sales packaging: 
Free of charge collection or self-disposal

  3. Manufacturer and distributor of transport packaging: 
Take-back obligation after use or self-disposal

  4. Distributor of goods in secondary packaging by delivering to end consumers: 
Obligation to remove or return the secondary packaging free of charge

German Battery Act

The German Battery Act (“Batteriegesetz” or “BattG”) that follows the EU directive 2006/66/ EC was approved by the German parliament in May 2009. General aim of this legislation is to increase the recycling/collection rates. At the same time several amendments have been made, that impose new obligations on the supply chain. Especially the importers have to watch for possible registration obligations. The marbach elektronik GmbH has dealt with the Battery Act and its effects and will ensure that all obligations will be fulfilled.

Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) 2009/125/EC (energy efficiency/eco-design)

The EU and national authorities have been working on regulations and directives to increase energy efficiency. The first legislative drafts and laws have been published and the industry and the suppliers deal with the topics, sometimes very intensively. Similar to RoHS and REACH the distribution of electrical and electronic equipment will especially be confronted with obligations to provide information and mandatory CE marking requirements. In the fields of development and consulting the distribution is already active: Power-saving electronics are increasingly common. The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) is based on the Energy- using Products (EuP) Directive 2005/32/EC.

Definition of the affected products: ErP (Energy-related Products)

“Energy-using product” or “EuP” means a product which, once placed on the market and/or put into service, is dependent on energy input to work as intended, or a product for the generation, transfer and measurement of such energy, including parts dependent on energy input and intended to be incorporated into an EuP covered by this Directive which are placed on the market and/or put into service as individual parts for end-users and of which the environmental performance can be assessed independently.

Components and sub-assemblies

means parts intended to be incorporated into EuPs, and which are not placed on the market and/or put into service as individual parts for end-users or the environmental performance of which cannot be assessed independently.