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Mutual recognition of products not subject to Union specifications

Product information from the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

A list of the product rules issued by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing for the non-harmonised and harmonised sectors can be found below.

Product rules for the non-harmonised sector

Product type : Solid fuel boiler

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EU) 2015/1189 with regard to ecodesign requirements for solid fuel boilersOpens in new window of 28 April 2015

Transposition in Germany: First Regulation implementing the Federal Immission Control Act (Regulation on small and medium-sized combustion plants, 1.Opens in new window BImSchV)Opens in new window of 26 January 2010

Main requirements for business users : The particulate matter limit value for solid fuel boilers imposed by Germany continues to apply.

The particulate matter limit value for the placement on the market of solid fuel boilers set out in the Regulation with regard to ecodesign requirements for solid fuel boilers, which has applied throughout Europe since 1 January 2020, is less demanding than that specified in the First Regulation implementing the Federal Immission Control Act (Germanys Regulation on small-sized combustion plants).

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 30 18 3050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

Product type : Coffins

Name of the legal act/standards :

DIN EN 15017 Funeral services requirementsOpens in new window

VDI 3891 Emission control human cremation facilitiesOpens in new window

As a general rule, the municipalities set out their own requirements in cemetery regulations.

Main requirements for business users : Coffins must not impede the decay process and must not release any polluting substances during their own decomposition or combustion. Certain varnishes, handles and interior fittings can be particularly problematic in this respect.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Not applicable

Product type : Bicycles

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: No specific regulations apply to bicycles, which means that they are covered by the general product safety rules.

Transposition in Germany: Road Traffic Licensing Regulation (StVZO)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : A bicycle must have two independent brakes, a clearly audible bell, one illuminating device and several reflectors. Illuminating devices are only approved for use on the roads if they display a test mark from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA)Opens in new window (a wavy line, a capital letter K and a five-digit number).

A pedelec is permitted to have an electric support motor with a maximum output of 250 W and to reach speeds of up to 25 km/h.

Faster pedelecs or electric mopeds require a type approval from the

Federal Motor Transport AuthorityOpens in new window .

For more information:

ADFCOpens in new window

Federal Motor Transport AuthorityOpens in new window

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)

Tel.: +49 30 18 3000

Email: buergerinfo@bmvi.bund.de

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Federal Motor Transport Authority

Tel.: +49 461 3160

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Product type : Plug-in solar panels

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: CE marking, compliance with all the relevant regulations.

Transposition in Germany: There are no special statutory regulations. However the network operators responsible for safe and reliable network operation impose requirements (typically compliance with the standards DIN VDE V 0100-551 and DIN VDE V 0100-551-1). In addition, connections via two-pin earthed plugs are not permitted; a special plug connection pursuant to VDE V 0628-1 must be used:

DIN VDE V 0100-551Opens in new window Low-voltage electrical installations Part 5-55: Selection and erection of electrical equipment Other equipment Section 551: Low-voltage generating sets

DIN VDE V 0100-551-1Opens in new window Low-voltage electrical installations Part 5-55: Selection and erection of electrical equipment Other equipment Section 551: Low-voltage generating sets Installation of generating sets for parallel operation with other energy sources including a public distribution network

VDE V 0628-1Opens in new window Energy plug and socket outlets Part 1: Feeding into separate electric circuits

Main requirements for business users : The user is obliged to register with the network operator and the Federal Network Agency. Requirements also apply in terms of the nature and execution of the electrical installation. Cf.:

VDE Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik e.V.Opens in new window plug-in photovoltaic installations

Market master data registerOpens in new window maintained by the Federal Network Agency registration of photovoltaic installations

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Not applicable

Product rules for the harmonised sector

Product type : Medical devices, IVD, implantable medical devices

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation:

Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devicesOpens in new window

Directive 98/79/EC on in vitro diagnostic medical devicesOpens in new window

Directive on active implantable medical devices (90/385/EEC)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : Cf. Act on Medical DevicesOpens in new window

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30 184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM)

Tel.: +49 228 99 3070

Email: poststelle@bfarm.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Competent authorities in the Länder :

Overview produced by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical DevicesOpens in new window

Product type : General product safety

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2001/95/EC on general product safetyOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on the placing on the market of products (Product Safety Act, ProdSG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : If certain rules must be observed during the use, extension or maintenance of a product in order to guarantee the protection of health and safety, a user manual in German must be supplied at the same time when the product is placed on the market.

Contact details of the competent authorities

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Tel.: +49 231 90712971

Email: reach-clp-biozid@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : REACH Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, as such or in mixturesOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on protection against harmful substances (ChemGOpens in new window )

Main requirements for business users : Information for business users is available from the REACH/CLP/Biocides HelpdeskOpens in new window .

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA)

Tel.: +49 231 90712971

Email: reach-clp-biozid@baua.bund.de

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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 228/993050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Office for Chemicals

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

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Product type : Labelling of textiles

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile productsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Textile Labelling Act (TextilKennzG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : Textile products may only be placed on the market if they are labelled or marked in accordance with [...] Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 in German with an indication of their fibre composition.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Tel.: + 49 30 18 6150

Email: poststelle@bmwi.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Waste electrical and electronic equipment

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipmentOpens in new window
Transposition in Germany: Act on the placing on the market, return and environmentally sound disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act, ElektroG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users :

Mandatory registration: It [waste electrical and electronic equipment] is subject to registration if you are a manufacturer within the meaning of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act and the products that are offered fall under the scope of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act as electrical equipment. Subject to registration means that you must be in possession of the approval required for this purpose in the form of the registration notice before you place electrical equipment on the market. This obligation applies to each individual manufacturer, and to each individual authorised party in the cases covered by the authorisation pursuant to Section 8 ElektroG.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Foundation for the Waste Electrical Equipment Register

Tel.: +49 911 766650

Email: info@stiftung-ear.de

Website: www.stiftung-ear.deOpens in new window

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 228 993050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

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German Environment Agency

Tel.: +49 340 21032416

Email: buergerservice@uba.de

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Product type : Batteries

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulatorsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany:

Act on the placing on the market, return and environmentally sound disposal of batteries and accumulators (Batteries Act, BattG)Opens in new window

Regulation implementing the Batteries Act (BattGDV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : In the BattG register, manufacturers (producers, importers etc.) of batteries advertise their market participation in electronic format. Among other things, the manufacturers of batteries for equipment enter information about the return system in which they are involved. Vehicle and industrial battery manufacturers provide details of the reasonable and free-of-charge return options that have been set up for distributors and treatment facilities.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

BattG register

Tel.: +49 340 21032468

Email: Batteriegesetz@uba.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Packaging and packaging waste

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste

Transposition in Germany: Act on the placing on the market, return and high-quality recycling of packaging (Packaging Act, VerpackG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : Mandatory registration for manufacturers/initial placement on the market.

Anyone who places packaging subject to mandatory system participation on the market in Germany (manufacturer/first party to place the product on the market) must be registered with the Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR) on the LUCID Packaging Register. The status of manufacturer is based on the first commercial placement on the market or import into Germany and does not depend on the distribution method or commercial stage (Section 3 of the Packaging Act (VerpackG)).

For more information: Packaging RegisterOpens in new window

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 228 993050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

German Environment Agency

Tel.: +49-340-2103-2416

Email: buergerservice@uba.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Radio equipment

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/53/EU on the making available on the market of radio equipmentOpens in new window
Transposition in Germany: Act on the making available on the market of radio equipment (Radio Equipment Act, FuAG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Email: poststelle@bmwi.bund.de

Tel.: + 49 30 18 6150

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Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railways

Tel.: +49 228 140

Email: info@bnetza.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipmentOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Regulation on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation, ElektroStoffV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 228 993050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Ecodesign

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (Ecodesign Directive)Opens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on the ecodesign of energy-related products (Energy-Related Products Act, EVPG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Email: poststelle@bmwi.bund.de

Tel.: + 49 30 186150

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Tel.: +49 30 81040

Email: evpg@bam.de

Product type : Lifts

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/33/EU on lifts and safety components for liftsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Twelfth Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Lift Regulation, TwelfthOpens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : The information and documents required to prove the conformity of the lift must be in German or in a language that is easy for the market surveillance authorities to understand.

The assembly operation must ensure that the instructions in German pursuant to Annex I No 6.2 of Directive 2014/33/EU are enclosed with the lift.

The manufacturer must ensure that the instructions in German pursuant to Annex I No 6.1 of Directive 2014/33/EU are enclosed with the safety component.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 185270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Appliances burning gaseous fuels

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EU) 2016/426 on appliances burning gaseous fuelsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/426 of the European Parliament and the Council of 9 March 2016 on appliances burning gaseous fuels and repealing Directive 2009/142/EC (Gas Appliance Implementing Act, GasgeräteDG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : The user manual and safety information and a copy of the EU declaration of conformity must be in German (Section 7 GasgeräteDG)

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 185270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Toys

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toysOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Second Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Regulation on the safety of toys) (2.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 3018 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Machinery

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2006/42/EC on machineryOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Ninth Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Machinery Regulation) (9.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 3018 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Noise emission by equipment for use outdoors

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2000/14/EC on noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoorsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Thirty-Second Regulation implementing the Federal Immission Control Act (Equipment and Machinery Noise Control Regulation, 32.Opens in new window BImSchV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : If the enclosed EC declaration of conformity is not issued in German, a copy of a German translation must also be enclosed. (Section 3)

Manufacturers duty to provide information:

The manufacturer or the manufacturers authorised representative must forward to the competent Land authority (only manufacturers based in Germany) and the European Commission a copy of the EC declaration of conformity for each equipment/machine type. The entry of machine data by the manufacturer into the KarLA databaseOpens in new window complies with this national obligation. The data themselves can be entered following registration as a manufacturer.

The European obligation can be met by ensuring that an entry is also made in the Noise DatabaseOpens in new window itself. The database can be found under EC Declaration of conformity.

For more information: Central Agency of the German Länder for Safety Engineering (ZLS), representative for the Outdoor Equipment Noise DirectiveOpens in new window

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Tel.: +49 30 18 3050

Email: poststelle@bmu.bund.de

German Environment Agency

Tel.: +49 340 21032416

Email: buergerservice@uba.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Pyrotechnics

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2013/29/EU on the making available on the market of pyrotechnic articlesOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on Explosive Substances (Explosive Substances Act, SprengG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Tel.: +49 30 81040

Email: evpg@bam.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Pressure equipment

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/68/EU on the making available on the market of pressure equipmentOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Fourteenth Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Pressure Equipment Regulation, 14.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 9071-0

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

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Product type : Electromagnetic compatibility

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/30/EU on electromagnetic compatibilityOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on the electromagnetic compatibility of equipment (Electromagnetic Compatibility Act, EMVG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Network Agency

Department 411 EMC

Tel.: +49 613 118 -1240 or 0613118 - 1242

Email: 411.postfach@bnetza.de

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Product type : Explosives for civilian purposes

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/28/EU on the making available on the market and supervision of explosives for civil usesOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act on Explosive Substances (Explosive Substances Act, SprengG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

Tel.: +49 30 81040

Email: evpg@bam.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EU) 2016/425 on personal protective equipmentOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Act implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC (PPE Implementing Act, PSA-DG)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 3018 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX)

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/34/EU on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheresOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Eleventh Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Explosion Protection Product Regulation, 11.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Product type : Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/35/EU relating to the making available on the market of electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limitsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: First Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Regulation on electrical equipment, 1.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Simple pressure vessels

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2014/29/EU relating to the making available on the market of simple pressure vesselsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Sixth Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Regulation on simple pressure vessels, 6.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 9071-0

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Recreational craft and personal watercraft

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft and personal watercraftOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany: Tenth Regulation on the Product Safety Act (Regulation on recreational craft and personal watercraft, 10.Opens in new window ProdSV)Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : The EU declaration of conformity must be issued in German. When placing the product on the market, each manufacturer must enclose with the product instructions for use and safety information in accordance with sentence 2 in the owners manual in German.

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Tel.: +49 30 18 5270

Email: info@bmas.bund.de

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Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Tel.: +49 231 90710

Email: poststelle@baua.bund.de

WebsiteOpens in new window

Product type : Cableway installations

Name of the legal act/standards :

European regulation: Regulation (EU) 2016/424 on cableway installationsOpens in new window

Transposition in Germany:

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Not applicable

Product information from the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

A list of the product rules issued by the Federal Institute Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) for the non-harmonised and harmonised sectors can be found below.

Product type : Soil additives, plant aid agents, growing media

Name of the legal act/standards :

Fertiliser Act, 9 January 2009Opens in new window

Fertiliser Regulation, 5 December 2012Opens in new window

Main requirements for business users : Cf.: Section 5 of the Fertiliser ActOpens in new window :

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Fertiliser monitoring by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185 290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Plant protection products

Name of the legal act/standards : Plant Protection Act, 6 February 2012Opens in new window

Purpose and scope : Cf. Section 1 of the Plant Protection ActOpens in new window

Main requirements for business users : Cf. Section 28 of the Plant Protection ActOpens in new window

Subject to approval under national law Yes; Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)Opens in new window

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food SafetyOpens in new window

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185 290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Vinegar, vinegar essence

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on trade in vinegar and vinegar essenceOpens in new window , 25 April 1972

Purpose and scope : Definitions of vinegar, vinegar essence and wine vinegar; provisions on the placing on the market of vinegar and vinegar essence

Main requirements for business users : Sections 1, 2 and 4 of this Regulation

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Tel.: +49 30 185550

Email: poststelle@bmfsfj.bund.de

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Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185 290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Fruit juice, fruit nectar, caffeinated soft drinks, herbal and fruit tea for infants and young children

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on fruit juice, fruit nectar, caffeinated soft drinks, herbal and fruit tea for infants and young childrenOpens in new window , 24 May 2004

Purpose and scope : Fruit juice, fruit nectar, caffeinated soft drinks, herbal and fruit tea for infants and young children

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 1 85290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Brandy; wine-like, semi-sparkling wine-like and sparkling wine-like drinks and alcoholic drinks processed on the basis of these drinks

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on certain alcoholic drinksOpens in new window , 29 January 1998

Purpose and scope : Brandy; wine-like, semi-sparkling wine-like and sparkling wine-like drinks and alcoholic drinks processed on the basis of these drinks

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Product type : Milk-based products

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on milk-based productsOpens in new window , 15 July 1970

Purpose and scope : Milk-based products

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Tel.: +49 30 185550

Email: poststelle@bmfsfj.bund.de

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Product type : Butter and other dairy spreads

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on butter and other dairy spreadsOpens in new window , 3 February 1997

Purpose and scope : Butter, other dairy spreads

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Tel.: +49 30 185550

Email: poststelle@bmfsfj.bund.de

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Product type : Margarine, blends

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on margarine and blendsOpens in new window , 31 August 1990

Purpose and scope : Margarine, blends

Main requirements for business users : SeeOpens in new window here

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Cheese

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on cheeseOpens in new window , 24 June 1965

Purpose and scope : Cheese

Main requirements for business users : SeeOpens in new window here

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Wine

Name of the legal act/standards : Wine ActOpens in new window , 18.01.2011

Purpose and scope : Cf. Section 1 of the Wine ActOpens in new window

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Dietary foods

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on dietary foodsOpens in new window , 28.04.2005

Purpose and scope : dietary foods

Main requirements for business users : No later than upon the first placement on the market, with the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (§4a)

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Emaill: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Tattooing agents including certain similar substances and preparations of substances

Name of the legal act/standards : Regulation on tattooing agents including certain similar substances and preparations of substancesOpens in new window , 13 November 2008

Purpose and scope : Tattooing agents including certain similar substances and preparations of substances

Main requirements for business users : No later than upon the first placement on the market, with the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (Section 2)

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Tel.: +49 30 185290

Email: poststelle@bmel.bund.de

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Product type : Impregnating agents in aerosol dispensers for leather and textile goods which are intended for domestic use and which are not products within the meaning of Section 2(6) sentence 1(8) of the Food, Consumer Goods and Feed Act (LFGB)

Name of the legal act/standards : Consumer Goods RegulationOpens in new window , 10 April 1992, Section 1

Purpose and scope : Impregnating agents in aerosol dispensers for leather and textile goods which are intended for domestic use and which are not products within the meaning of Section 2(6) sentence 1(8) of the Food, Consumer Goods and Feed Act

Main requirements for business users : Is the product legally manufactured or on the market in another EU Member State? If so, it may also be marketed in Germany.

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Product type : Tobacco products and related products

Name of the legal act/standards :

Act on tobacco products and related productsOpens in new window , 4 April 2016

Regulation on tobacco products and related productsOpens in new window , 27 April 2016

Purpose and scope : Tobacco products and related products

Main requirements for business users : Section 40 of the Tobacco Products Act: in some cases general disposition by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety required.

Subject to approval under national law Section 40 of the Tobacco Products Act: in some cases general disposal by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety required

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Product type : Food, consumer goods, feed, food additives, plant protection products, cosmetic products

Name of the legal act/standards : Food, Consumer Goods and Feed ActOpens in new window , 1 September 2005

Purpose and scope : Cf. Food, Consumer Goods and Feed Act Section 1Opens in new window :

Main requirements for business users : Cf. Section 54 LFGBOpens in new window and Section 68 LFGBOpens in new window

Subject to approval under national law : in some cases a general disposition or exemption from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety must be applied for ( www.bvl.bund.deOpens in new window )

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Product type : Foodstuffs

Name of the legal act/standards :

Batch Labelling Regulation (LKV)Opens in new window , 23 June 1993

Flavourings RegulationOpens in new window , 2 May 2006

Regulation on limiting contaminants in foodstuffsOpens in new window , 19 March 2010

Purpose and scope : Foodstuffs

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Product type : Consumer goods

Name of the legal act/standards : Consumer Goods RegulationOpens in new window , 23 December 1997

Purpose and scope : Consumer goods

Main requirements for business users : Is the product legally manufactured or on the market in another EU Member State? If so, it may also be marketed in Germany.

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities :

Food control by the Länder

Federal Ministry of Health

Tel.: +49 30184410

Email: poststelle@bmg.bund.de

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Product type : Chemicals

Name of the legal act/standards : Act on protection against harmful substancesOpens in new window , 28 August 2013

Purpose and scope : The purpose of the Act is to protect people and the environment against the harmful impacts of hazardous substances and mixtures, and in particular to make them recognisable, avert them and prevent their occurrence.

Main requirements for business users : not applicable

Subject to approval under national law : not applicable

Contact details for the competent authorities : not applicable

Product information from the Product Contact Point for Construction (German Institute for Structural Engineering)

The German Institute for Structural Engineering performs a key role in the construction sector: by means of its approvals, permits and assessments, it guarantees the safety of structural works while at the same time supporting the development of new construction products and construction methods.

Below can be found a link to a search function providing access to the legal basis, product rules and notifications of the German Institute for Structural Engineering for the non-harmonised and harmonised sectors. The approvals, type approvals and ETAs issued by the German Institute for Structural Engineering can be found under Approval Downloads.

German Institute for Structural Engineering searchOpens in new window

Approval downloadsOpens in new window

Further information

Further information on the market launch of investment and consumer goods and other products is made available by the Product Contact Point for Investment and Consumer Goods and Other Goods (PCP) hereOpens in new window.