Starting from January 1, 2023, B2B devices are required to bear the symbol of a crossed-out trash can in accordance with DIN EN 50419. This rule has been in effect since the ElektroG3 came into force in January 2022, with a one-year transitional period. The same regulations that have been applicable to B2C equipment since 2005 also apply to B2B equipment, which means that the waste symbol should be permanently and clearly visible on the product. However, if its size or functionality makes it impractical to place the symbol on the product, it can be placed on the packaging, in the manual, or in the warranty declaration.

As of January 1, 2023, authorized representatives of foreign manufacturers with more than 20 active registrations are required to obtain accreditation from EAR. This accreditation process involves checking several criteria such as reliability, personnel, financial resources, competence, and so on.

Starting from January 1, 2023, the EAR Foundation will impose a new regular quarterly fee on all registered manufacturers, including foreign companies represented by authorized representatives.

From July 1, 2023, electronic marketplaces and fulfillment service providers will have to comply with extended due diligence obligations regarding the compliance of their dealers and principals with the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act. If they fail to provide the required registrations, the corresponding players will be blocked, and the relevant products cannot be delivered. This deadline was postponed at the end of 2022 from January to July 2023. Some large e-tailers are responding by automatically blocking non-compliant products to avoid penalties.