If companies are subject to legal obligations, we also support them in registration procedures required at national level and the drafting and conclusion of contracts with service providers (e.g. for the return, disposal and recycling of waste equipment). We also support the necessary structural processes in the supply chain including drafting contracts with customers and suppliers. We also advise on the implementation of required product labelling.
In connection with any penalty proceedings or other enforcement measures of relevant authorities, we represent and defend affected companies. This also includes the design of compliance processes as required in order to reliably exclude accusations of fault.
We advise companies on all facets of the implementation of Directive 2011/65/EU and the corresponding national statutes. That includes in particular the structuring of compliance processes in order to ensure adequate conformity assessment and technical documentation in accordance with DIN EN 50581.
In addition, we support companies at all stages of the supply chain in identifying breaches of existing substance restrictions. We undertake the necessary notification procedure and provide support in any additional field measures which may be required including returns and recalls.
We advise companies on identifying existing legal obligations, the drafting and negotiation of contracts with dual systems and satisfying existing registration and notification obligations. In doing so, we also design industry solutions and optimise recording and disposal structures.
Naturally, we represent affected companies in administrative and court proceedings vis-à-vis the central packaging register, the Federal Environmental Agency or other competent state authorities.
We advise associations and industry organisations on structuring recommendations for action by their members. We also represent their interests in consultation procedures vis-à-vis the central packaging register.
Placing and selling batteries on the market is subject to the Battery Act. Apart from the required notification to the Federal Environment Agency, labelling of batteries, relevant substance prohibitions and collection, disposal and recycling obligations are, above all, thereby regulated.
In addition, there are, for example, requirements for the environmentally friendly disposal of end-of-life motor vehicles under the End-of-Life Vehicle Ordinance. The provisions of the Waste Wood Ordinance impose requirements for the recycling and disposal of waste wood, and the placing of engines and gear oil on the market and the disposal of waste oil are also subject to corresponding requirements.
We advise companies on structuring the necessary contractual security in the supply chain and the necessary structuring of contracts with disposal partners. In doing so, we take account of additional, general provisions of the KrWG or the Commercial Waste Ordinance.
We also represent companies in official proceedings on the enforcement of regulations in product responsibility under waste law and we defend affected parties in penalty proceedings.
Affected companies must ensure, by appropriate conformity assessment procedures, that relevant provisions are observed. In addition, there are many labelling and information obligations established by parallel provisions on energy consumption labelling under a separate regime.
We advise companies at the interface between technical and legal provisions on the implementation of the necessary requirements and the structure of the necessary processes in the company and the supply chain. In addition, we represent companies in proceedings vis-à-vis the competent market surveillance authorities.