Extended Producer Responsibility for business sellers

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.

Business sellers selling new items in certain categories on eBay.fr will need to add extra information to their listings.

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)
  • Eco Participation
  • Repair score
  • Take-back policy

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).

Business sellers can now use eBay’s updated listing tools to comply with the Extended Producer Responsibility 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.

Unique Producer Identification Number (UPIN)

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 in one of the below categories, make sure you include your UPIN(s) in the following fields:

  • Producer Product ID
  • Product Package ID
  • Shipping Package ID (if applicable)
  • Product Document ID (if applicable)

Eligible categories

  • Packaging
  • Printed paper (except books), and paper for graphic use
  • Construction products or materials in the building sector, as of January 1, 2022
  • Electrical and electronic equipment
  • Batteries and accumulators
  • Contents and containers of chemical products that may present a significant risk to health and the environment and, as of January 1, 2021, all waste from these products
  • Medicines and dietary products
  • Perforating medical devices used by patients in self-treatment and users of self-tests, including, as of January 1, 2021, electrical or electronic equipment associated with such a device and which are not subject to the above electrical and electronic equipment category
  • Furniture items, as well as upholstered products for sitting or sleeping and, as of January 1, 2022, decorative textile items
  • New textile clothing products, shoes, or household linen intended for private individuals and, as of January 1, 2020, new textile products for the home
  • Toys
  • Sporting and leisure goods
  • Do-it-yourself and garden items
  • Passenger cars, vans, two or three-wheeled motor vehicles and motor quadricycles
  • Tires, whether or not combined with other products, the terms and conditions for the approval of eco-organizations and individual systems being applicable from 1 January 2023
  • Mineral or synthetic, lubricating or industrial oils
  • Pleasure or sport boats
  • Tobacco products equipped with filters composed in whole or in part of plastic and products that are intended for use with tobacco products
  • Non-biodegradable synthetic chewing gums, effective January 1, 2024
  • Disposable sanitary textiles, including pre-soaked wipes for personal and household use, as of January 1, 2024
  • Fishing gear containing plastic, as of January 1, 2025

Eco Participation

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.

Repair score

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.

You can display the repair score in the Photo Gallery of your listing. You should also add the scoring grid used to determine the repair score in the Photo Gallery or item description to help buyers understand your product's rating.

You can find the repair score for your product by contacting your supplier (producer/importer in France).

The repair score applies to the following categories:

  • Washing machines with windows
  • Smartphones
  • Laptops
  • Televisions
  • Electric lawnmowers

This list will evolve from time to time.

Take-back policy

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: contents and containers of household chemical products, furniture elements, as well as upholstered seating or sleeping products, textile decoration elements, and single-use fuel gas cartridges
  • From 1 January 2023: toys, sports and leisure articles, and garden and DIY articles

You can add your take-back policy when creating a listing and buyers will then be able to see your policy in the item description.

Please get in touch with your eco-organisme or your shipping provider to ensure your take-back policy is compliant.

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).

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