New obligations for distance sellers of batteries are coming into force in Austria – ERP Austria is on hand to help

6 September 2021

From 1 January 2022, new obligations for distance sellers of batteries will come into force in Austria. The changes stem from the new battery law which was published in the country’s official journal on 7 July.

The amendment introduces a new definition of producer, according to which distance sellers that sell portable batteries directly to end consumers in Austria are now considered producers.

Accordingly, the new regulation requires them to join a compliance scheme, to report the batteries that they sell to the scheme and to appoint an authorised representative to take on their obligations.

The amended law also gives producers that are established outside of Austria the opportunity to take on the obligations of their importers, once they have appointed an authorised representative based in Austria. Distance sellers and foreign battery producers that take over the exemption for their importers must register on the Austrian central register (EDM).

The appointment of the authorized representative can take place from 1 October 2021, but it is only legally effective from 1 January 2022.

Besides compliance solutions for WEEE, batteries and packaging, ERP Austria has established a new company, ERP Service GmbH, so that it can offer an authorized representative service from 1 October 2021. This service will ensure that distance sellers and producers from abroad comply with the new battery regulation in Austria.

ERP already provides an authorized representative service for WEEE in Austria.

For more information, please contact us.

Landbell Group company, ERP Austria provides WEEE, batteries and packaging compliance
for producers in Austria.