EPR guide for France

Learn all about EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) in France, ensuring compliance with environmental policies and circular economy principles. Understand the rules and registration process.

Extended Producer Responsibility in France

In France, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations are integral to the country’s environmental policy supporting a circular economy, aiming to make producers accountable for the entire life cycle of their products, especially in terms of waste management and recycling. As of May 2024, the French EPR rules are explained in this guide for e-commerce sellers.

Who is Required to Comply?

Producers, sellers, or distributors—any entity that designs, manufactures, processes, or introduces products into the French market—must adhere to EPR regulations. It includes both local and international businesses supplying directly to the French market.

Key Steps for EPR Compliance

  1. Register with a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO): 
  2. Unlike DE , where you need to register and report at an authorized registry and join one of the take-back schemes, in France these PRO’s take on the obligations of reporting to the ADEME registry and handle the take-back system resposnibilities. For each relevant product category, epr registration is required. You’ll need a unique registration number for each category, and thus register with the relevant, multiple individual systems.
  3. Obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN): after registering with a PRO you will receive a UIN from ADEME (the French Agency for Ecological Transition).
  4. Fulfill annual reporting requirements: and pay necessary fees to maintain the validity of the UIN.

EPR Applicable Categories and PRO Registration

EPR Product Categories in France

France’s EPR framework encompasses a variety of product categories that require different modalities of waste management. At the moment, France has the most EPR categories of all countries in the EU. 

Please note: your products might fall into more than one, two or even three categories. Legally you should have all corresponding UIN numbers.

Corresponding PROs and Their Responsibilities

EPR Category

Notable PROs


Eco-systèmes, Ecologic, Soren


Corepile, Screlec


Citeo, Léko, Adelphe

Print Paper



Ecomason, Valdelia, Valobat




GIE FRP, Aliapur



Medical Devices


Sports and leisure articles 




Chemical products


DIY & Garden Items

Ecomanson, Valobat

Pleasure & Sports Boats


Lubricating Oils


Unused Medicines


Construction Products or Materials for the Building Sector

OCA Building



Summary: EPR Compliance Details and EPR Obligations

EPR CategoryApplicable ProductsRegulatory RequirementWhere to RegisterFrequency of FilingsPotential Fines for Non-compliance
REP (Packaging)All products with packagingRegistration with a PRO, Annual reporting, Fee paymentAdelphe (Citeo)Generally annuallyFines, penalties, suspension from selling in France, fines can go up to €75,000
DEEE (WEEE)Waste Electrical and Electronic EquipmentRegistration with a PRO, Annual reporting, Fee paymentEco-organisme (Eco-systèmes, ERP, etc.)Generally annuallyFines, penalties, suspension from selling in France, fines can be up to 5% of annual turnover
ECOBATTERIESProducts with batteriesRegistration with a PRO, Annual reporting, Fee paymentEco-organisme (Corepile, Screlec, etc.)Generally annuallyFines, penalties, suspension from selling in France, fines up to €75,000
TextilesTextile productsRegistration with a PRO, Annual reporting, Fee paymentSpecific textile EPR organizationsGenerally annuallyFines, penalties, suspension from selling in France, fines can vary
All Other CategoriesVarious different categoriesSimilar requirements as aboveRelevant EPR organizationsTypically annuallySimilar penalties and fines as specified above

Unique ID Number Information

Each producer will receive a unique identifier upon registration with ADEME:

  • Format: Begins with ‘FR’, followed by six numbers, an underscore ‘_’, and four uppercase letters (e.g., FR239691_01VNFV).
  • Validity: Annually renewable upon fulfillment of EPR commitments.

Labeling Requirements

Producers must ensure that the Triman logo, indicating recyclability, along with sorting instructions, is present on all applicable products and packaging. The Triman logo is specifically for France, it’s like an equivalent of the Green Dot you might know from packaging in other EU countries.

International Considerations

International sellers or those using French upstream suppliers must submit the UINs to prove compliance. Non-compliance can lead to a halt in sales within France.

unlike Amazon DE it is possible to sell or open listing at Amazon FR without all the UIN numbers. However, in this case you will need to pay Amazon France fees.

Additional Information and Assistance

Resources are available for guidance on EPR compliance specifics, including contacts at PROs such as Fenja Petrich from Léko Sas for packaging and the Refashion hotline for textiles.

In conclusion, for e-commerce sellers and importers active in the French market, navigating EPR compliance and understanding the environmental code is critical. Accurate adherence to the guidelines, including proper registration, reporting, and fee payments, is necessary to avoid penalties and to contribute positively to France’s ecological transition.

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