As of 2022, sellers in Germany and France are legally required to show that they are complying with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations.
Should an Amazon seller fail to verify their compliance, Amazon will be forced to suspend the non-compliant offer. While this is only currently being enforced in Germany and France, it is thought that many other marketplaces will soon follow suit.
We highly recommend that you act now to avoid your listings being blocked.
But fear not; EPR is not as complicated as it seems. The following blog post provides more information on the regulations for Amazon seller compliance, including how to register and prove compliance.
What is EPR?
EPR is an environmental protection strategy introduced to shift waste management’s financial and physical responsibility from local government to producers. EPR accounts for all packaging and products placed on the market. As consumers dispose of these, the product manufacturer is made responsible for the disposal and recycling processes.
Proving your EPR compliance to Amazon is quite simple. To register your products for extended producer responsibility (EPR), simply go to Compliance Information on your Seller Central account and confirm that you meet all the necessary legal requirements.
We will expand on the registration process later in the post.
Who does it Apply to?
EPR applies to all Amazon sellers, regardless of how they fulfill their orders, but only pertains to certain product classes. EPR is also applied differently in different countries. So, we strongly encourage you to research EPR requirements in each of your marketplaces to understand what you need to do.
For example, in Germany, Amazon will be obliged to check for packaging and Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) compliance. For packaging, you will need to show compliance by registering for and submitting a LUCID number.
According to the German packaging law, this includes packaging that typically accumulates as waste with private final consumers such as retail packaging, grouped packaging, service packaging, and shipment packaging. You can find more information about these packaging laws on the government authority’s website.