Extended Producer Responsibility regulation aims to prevent and manage waste. Under this new law, manufacturers, importers, and eBay sellers are responsible for the entire life cycle of the products they sell.
The Law against Waste and for the Circular Economy, dated February 10, 2020, established the legal framework for extending the liability of producers, importers and sellers for the entire life cycle of products they sell to buyers based in France, including their end-of-life.
To comply with this law, you’ll need to provide the following information when creating listings for your new items in certain categories:
Unique Producer Identification Number (UPIN)
In some instances, you may need to contact a relevant eco-organisme in order to provide some of the above information. An eco-organisme is a company approved by the public authorities, within the framework of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), to manage the end-of-life of the equipment they put on the market (collection, sorting, recycling, and recovery of waste).
Please be aware that you’ll need to use the new listing tool to be able to input relevant information to comply with the EPR regulation
Listings that don’t comply with this new regulation may be removed by eBay. To learn more visit the French Agency for Ecological Transition (ADEME) website.
You can find the UPIN (also called “SYDEREP” number) for your product by either contacting your supplier (producer/importer in France) OR if you are the producer or importer in France, by registering with a relevant eco-organisme.
If you’re listing an item concerned by an EPR category, make sure you include the required UPIN(s) in the following fields:
Proof of registration of the producer in or first importer into France of the product with a relevant eco-organisme, if the item is covered by the EPR
Proof of registration of the producer in or first importer into France of the product packaging with an eco-organisme of packaging sector
Proof of registration of the producer in or first importer into France of the shipping package with an eco-organisme of packaging sector
Proof of registration of the producer in or first importer into France of any paper documentation added with the item/parcel with an eco-organisme of paper sector
Choose to create a new listing or to revise an existing listing.
If you’re using the classic listing tool
Select Try the new listing tool in the top right-hand corner.
Select Regulatory compliance.
Choose Extended Producer Responsibility.
Enter your item’s unique identifiers in the relevant UPIN fields
Confirm by clicking Done.
If you sell products covered by the EPR on ebay.fr to buyers located in France, but you fail to provide eBay with the valid Unique Producer Identification Number(s) required for such products (including without limiting their packaging), eBay may decide to pay the corresponding eco-participation fees on your behalf, and charge them back to you.
Textiles (clothing products, new footwear or household linen, new textile products for the home)
Contents and containers of chemicals
Printed papers and papers for graphic use
Construction products or materials
Construction products or materials
DIY and garden items
Sports and leisure articles
The above information is not exhaustive and does not in any way constitute legal advice. Please consult a legal advisor to obtain information on your EPR obligations.
If you’re listing in the Furnitures and Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) categories, enter the recycling amount in the Eco Participation field. The amount will be automatically displayed on the view item page.
You can find the Eco Participation amount for your product by either contacting your supplier (producer/importer in France) or, if you are the producer or importer in France, by registering with a relevant eco-organisme.
The repair score lets buyers know how easy it will be to maintain or repair a product. The product will get a rating of 1 to 10, where 1 is seen as not very repairable and 10 as highly repairable.
According to the law, this list may evolve in the future. To learn more visit the Ministry of Ecological Transition (Ministère de la Transition Écologique) website. Information in English is provided at the end of the page.
When listing in the below categories, you’re obliged to take back the buyer’s used product free of charge depending on the turnover thresholds and if the buyer is based in France.
Electrical and electronic equipment > From 1 January 2022:
Pyrotechnics and fire extinguishers
You’ll first need to create your take-back policy in the Account section of My eBay before being able to add your take-back policy while creating or revising a listing.
1. Log on to eBay.fr with your login credentials.
2. Select Summary under My eBay.
3. Select the Account tab.
4. Go to Selling and select Custom policies.
5. Select Create policy and choose Take-back.
6. Enter the contents of your policy and select Save.
1. Either choose to create a new or to revise an existing listing.
2. If you’re using the classic listing tool, select Try the new listing tool in the top right-hand corner.
3. Select Regulatory compliance.
4. Choose Take-back policy.
5. Select the Take-back policy you’d like to add to your listing, and then select Done.
eBay reserves the right to take sanctions against any seller who does not comply with his legal obligations concerning Extended Producers’ Responsibility (Law against Waste and for the Circular Economy), including without limiting ending or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results on the site.
All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which eBay takes any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to the seller’s account. In addition, eBay reserves the right to invoice the seller for any sums incurred by eBay due to the seller’s non-compliance with the aforementioned legal obligations (such as in particular the absence of: communication of the unique identifier of the producer (SYDEREP number), display of the eco-contribution, display of take-back conditions).