How to fulfil your obligations as producers of household electrical equipment

How to fulfil your obligations as producers of household electrical equipment

As a “producer” of electrical and electronic equipment within the meaning of the regulations, you are required to comply with a number of regulatory obligations which we can help you to meet.

Are you a Producer within the meaning of the regulations?

Yes, if you :

  • Manufacture and sell EEE under your own brand in France.
     
  • Resell equipment made by someone else under your own brand (if the maker’s brand appears on the equipment they are the Producer).
     
  • Import EEE on a commercial basis into France.
     
  • Are established outside France and supply EEE directly to frennch market by distance selling (e.g. online, mail order, phone).

Your obligations as a producer of household electrical and electronic equipment  

To register and to report annually to the French Register of EEE producers managed by Ademe, the equipment placed on the market, the amounts collected and treated, as well as the measures taken to manage your obligations

To organise and to finance the collection and recycling of WEEE so as to manage the future of used electrical equipment that your company places on the market (decontamination, recycling, energy recovery)

To provide recyclers with all documents and information relating to the treatment of your equipment that shall be available upon request
 

To inform your customers by marking equipments with the following required indications:  the market placement date, the producer’s name or SIREN number, and the “crossed-out wheeled bin” symbol.

Your regulatory objectives

65%
Collection rate 
80%
Recycling rate

 

How can you fulfil your obligations?

Joining a collective compliance scheme approved by the authorities (eco-organisation): ecosystem. 

Joining an approved eco-organisation for WEEE treatment as a producer of professional EEE, allows you to transfer your obligations. 

This only involves the following : 

  • Signing a membership contract 
  • Declaring the equipment placed on the market quarterly or annually
  • Paying the eco-fee  

ecosystem take care of the rest!

Appointing an agent in France in order to meet regulatory obligations

A company based in EU outside of France may, or must in the case of direct distance selling to the end user, appoint a person or company established in France to act as its agent in order to ensure that all its obligations related to the sale of EEE in France are fulfilled. This agent can join ecosystem. If a foreign company does not appoint an agent, French retailers will continue to take on the role of producer as an importer or as an entity introducing the company's products. If the foreign company sells directly to the end user via distance selling, the appointment of an agent is mandatory.

 

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Setting up your individual compliance scheme

The approval of your individual compliance scheme by the Public Authorities is granted following the review of your application, and the publication of a joint decree by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities.

This involves the following: 

Collection

  • The obligation to collect marketed lamps free of charge and unconditional on purchase 
  • The implementation of a collection compliance scheme enabling 100% of the lamp deposit to be processed throughout France.

Compliance 
Meeting the technical requirements and conditions regarding the collection, removal and processing of used lamps.
Achieving the objectives regarding collection, recycling/recovery rates.

Eco-design
Implementing eco-design actions relating to the end of life of equipment including the use of recycled materials in the manufacture of new products, the improvement in the product recyclability rate…

Information
Implementing information and communication actions, both locally and nationally, relating to the different collection solutions available to owners, or financial contributions to consumer studies…

Mandatory reporting
Reporting data to the register managed by ADEME, and to OCAD3E, the authorised coordinating organisation.

Promoting
Promoting professional integration programs as part of the household WEEE sector.
 

Liability in the event of non-fulfilment of your obligations

According to the French Environmental Code, the producers of electrical and electronic equipment are subject to administrative fines (up to €7,500 per infringed equipment, refer to art. L541-10) and criminal penalties (refer to art. R543-205 and 543-206) if they do not fulfil their obligations.