Changes in the German ElektroG from May 1, 2019 - Passive devices then fall within the scope of application
Published: 8 March 2019 - Sarah Mead
In the course of European harmonisation the German-based ‘Stiftung EAR’ will classify ‘passive’ devices, which only transport electricity, also as electrical or electronic device with effect from May 1, 2019 for Germany.
This means that they then fall within the scope of application of ElektroG in Germany and, thus they must be registered and notified. FBDi association points out the deadline until May 1, 2019 – until this date manufacturers of passive devices must have applied for registration, which can be done on the portal of Stiftung EAR or via service companies (or distributors). The products need to be permanently marked with the crossed out garbage can. Without identification the articles may not be sold in Germany after May 1, 2019. The passive devices need to be registered in the categories 4 to 6. This regulation applies only to devices which are designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating voltage and 1500 volts for direct voltage, i.e. antennas, adapters (jack, plug), connectors, sockets (for fixed installation resp. assembly [i.e. wall, floor, machine] or DIN rail), and for fuses. Also not included in German’s ElektroG are components such as cables delivered by the meter, ferrules, ring crimp terminals.
Detailed information regarding registration procedure and obligations arising from German ElektroG for manufacturers are provided on the website of Stiftung EAR.