As manufacturer and/or importer of LED and lamps in Germany you have to care about many rules. If you don’t, the authority in charge will act roughly.  Nearly all failings in this respect are followed by prohibition of sale or at least fined harshly. Often even competitors react with reprimands, which they may. The more important it is for you to know, what exactly you have to do. Thereby we’d like to support you.


Already within the production there are rules and laws to respect. Even if your supplier knows them (or pretends to), you are responsible for your product in Germany and in the whole EU.   Thus you have got to know whats’s important:

  • Are you fulfilling the duties of the new Eco-Design-Directive, valid from September 1st, 2013?
  • Are hazardous materials, laid down in the „ElektroStoffVerordnung“ (named RoHS 2, enacted may 1st 2013), being banned from your production?
  • The German Device and Product Safety Act, PGSG (ruling since December 2011) implies further rules to care about.
  • And think of the rules regarding CE-labeling, laid down in the CE-Directive


Already before being ordered the decisions for a correct and complete labeling of a product have to be taken covering several aspects:

  • What about the CE-label?
  • Was the underlined crossed waste-bin-symbol thought about?
  • Is the name of the manufacturer or the brands name visible and recognizable on the product?
  • Are all notes attached according to the German Device and Product Safety Act)?

To argue, there wasn‘t enough space for all those labels on the produced LED or lamp, will fail to save the manufacturer from  the authorities reaction, in general at least, as space is only in very few exceptions regarded as a proper reason for missing the rules. Ask us, if you are in doubt.
And please don’t forget any of those rules in respect of the packaging design. Thereby the new label for energy efficiency will play a dominant role from September 1st, 2013. It’s being expected that reprimands and fines are handed out easily for those who don’t care in detail.

German specials:

Further duties to care about before entering the German market, like:

  • Registration within Foundation EAR according to WEEE and Elektroaltgerätegesetz,
  • A signed finalization and valid licensing contract with a dual system (Link zu VerpackV),
  • Registration according to the battery rule, German: Batteriegesetz (Link zu Batteriegesetz) within the ministry of environment and
  • Please also care about the requirements of the CE-directive as well as the rules regarding the use of hazardous materials (RoHs2), with each of them requiring the years long storage of product information.

We know how stressful the correct procedures for selling LED and lamps in Germany are to handle. We know as well that the customs checks are becoming more and more rigidly (watch CE- signing), and we know which requirements Foundation EAR is behind.

Just call us, that’s what we are here for: +49-40-18 29 07 02

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