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How to place WEEE label correctly on the product?

When it comes to selling electronic and electrical products in Germany, sellers and friends know that all electronic products need to be registered for WEEE recycling, and the electronic products sold must be marked with the correct method, otherwise it will affect the sales of the goods. So, how to correctly place the WEEE label on the product? What is the size of the WEEE label? What are the requirements for setting up WEEE labeling? How to test the wear resistance of the WEEE logo printed on the product? What are the requirements for the position of the WEEE label on the product? Which electric and electrical products does the WEEE directive apply to? Sellers can learn from the following points to avoid printing errors.

What is the size of the WEEE label?

1. The black solid line (black bar) in the picture below must be used together with the trash bin mark and the crossed mark.

2. No other signs, text or messages are allowed inside the black bar, and the height must be greater than 1 mm.

3. It is possible to adjust the lines (thickness or roundness, etc.) of the below picture if other limiting factors are required, but the basic appearance of the original picture and the visually recognizable effect need to be maintained.

4. The black bar represent: This product entered the EU market after August 13, 2005.

5. It is also possible not to mark the black bars, but only mark the date of product entering the EU market or the date of production.

WEEE symbol vectors

What are the requirements for setting up WEEE labeling?

In accordance with the provisions of EN28601, mark the date of manufacture/launch in non-code text or alternative code text. The code should be designed to be identifiable by the processing equipment, and the label must be able to indicate the manufacturer and the date of sale into Europe.

1. Manufacturer’s brand label:

According to WEEE, there are three types of manufacturers (responsible attributors):

  • Brand owners that produce their own products and sell directly
  • Brand owners who sell OEM or ODM products from other manufacturers under their own brands
  • Sellers of imported electronic and electrical products

Note: The standard logo can be a brand name, a registered trademark, or a registered code of each member country or a barcode that can represent the identity of the manufacturer.

2. Date marking

The expression of the date must comply with EN28601, with the following options:

  • YYYY-MM-DD, such as: 2021-12-07
  • YYYY.MM.DD, such as: 2021.12.07
  • YYYYMMDD, such as: 20211207
  • YYMM, such as: 2112

How to test the wear resistance of the WEEE label printed on the product?

There is currently no standard for testing the wear resistance of the WEEE label. Therefore, the test method is simply formulated in EN 50419:  rubbing with a wet cloth with water for 15 seconds, and then rubbing with a wet cloth with industrial alcohol for 15 seconds.

After the above test, the label must remain clearly visible and cannot be easily wiped off, and the label or symbol after use must not be curled.

What are the requirements for the position of the WEEE label?

If the label cannot be directly marked on the product due to product size or other characteristics, it can be marked in the following ways:

  • Fix it on the product with a fixing rope and a label
  • Indicate in the operation manual or guarantee certificate
  • If neither of the above is feasible, then mark the label on the package

Which electrical and electronic products does the WEEE Directive apply to?

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • Information technology and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • Toys, leisure, and sports equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • Monitoring and control equipment
  • Vending machine

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