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India has so many traders who import electronics. Having said that, the Government of India introduced the E-waste Management Rules. The rules mandated all the entities importing electronics in India to fulfil the EPR. The EPR holds the producer/importer of EEE responsible. They must adequately manage the electronic product from start to end. The government issues an EPR authorisation to a recycler. On behalf of the importer, the recycler takes responsibility for e-waste recycling.

EPR Authorisation for Importers - Overview

EPR Authorisation is vital to ensure that end-of-life EEE (E-waste) produced is channelised. It must be channelised properly to authorised recyclers/dismantlers. Considering the rapid increase in the graph of the e-waste produced, a few directions were given. All the producers, including importers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), were strictly instructed to obtain Extended Producer Responsibility- Authorisation. This EPR – Authorisation must be obtained from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The list of EEE is mentioned in Schedule – I of the E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016. Here are the complete details to obtain EPR - Authorisation for importers.

E-waste Management Rules, 2016

These rules shall apply to every producer, manufacturer, consumer, and collection centre. It also includes bulk consumers, dealers, refurbishers and e-retailers. Dismantler, importer and recycler are also added. They must be involved in the e-waste selling, manufacturing, transferring and purchasing. Storage, collection, import and processing of e-waste or EEE are also included. Its consumables, components, parts and spares that make the product operational are also included.

However, the E-waste Rules will not apply to -

  • micro-enterprises as defined in the MSME Development Act, 2006 ;
  • radio-active wastes mentioned in the provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 and rules made there under; and
  • used lead acid batteries as included in the Batteries (Management & Handling) Rules, 2001, made under the Act.

EPR Authorization is NOT required in the following cases -

1. EEE import is for selling to EPR Authorised Producers. Given that the importer submits the following documents to Port Authorities/Customs;

  • copy of EPR Authorisation of the Producer(s) for whom the importer is importing
  • copy of agreements with EPR Authorised Producers for whom the importer is importing
  • Letter from EPR-Authorised Producers that EEE importer is importing on his behalf

2. The EEE (including their consumables or spare components) is not mentioned in Schedule - I of E-waste (Management) Rules, 2016.

3. Consumers or Bulk consumers if they import electronics for captive or self-use. Given that the consumer or Bulk consumer submits self-declaration on stamp paper stating that EEE items being imported are intended for captive or self-use and not for sale to Port/Customs Authorities.

4. Import of spares (new or old) by actual users from original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for warranty replacement, provided an equal number of non-functional or defective parts are exported back within one year as per the document verification by Custom Authorities as mentioned in Schedule VIII (4-e) of Hazardous Waste and Other Wastes (Management and Transboundary Movement) Rules, 2016

Additionally, EPR Authorisation does NOT apply to -

Manufacturers of EEE if they are manufacturing or/and importing for selling exclusively to EPR-Authorised producers. Given that the manufacturer submits the following documents to Port/Customs Authorities -

  • i. copy of EPR Authorisation of the producer(s) for whom it is manufactured and/or imported;
  • ii. copy of agreements with EPR Authorised producers for whom it is imported or manufactured; and
  • iii. letter from EPR-Authorised producers stating that the EEE is manufactured and/or imported on his behalf.


The producer is a person who, irrespective of the selling technique used like retailer, dealer, e-retailer, or manufacturer and puts the EEE in the market under its brand; or

  • offers to sell under its brand (brand owner), assembled EEE and their consumables or components or parts or spares produced by other suppliers or manufacturers; or
  • offers to sell imported EEE and their consumables, components, spares, or parts.

Extended Producer Responsibility means any EEE producer's responsibility for channelling e-waste to ensure environmentally sound management of such waste. EPR may comprise of setting up collection centres or implementing a take-back system or both and having agreed arrangements with authorised recycler or dismantler either collectively or individually via a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) recognised by producer/s in their EPR Authorisation.

Authorisation implies permission for handling, generation, collection, storage, reception, transportation, dismantling, refurbishing, recycling, treatment and disposal of e-waste issued to the dismantler, manufacturer, refurbisher and recycler.

Extended Producer Responsibility - Authorisation is permission granted by CPCB to a producer for managing EPR with implementation targets and plans defined in such authorisation, including detail of an e-waste exchange and PRO, if applicable;

Liability of electronics importer

  • The person who wishes to import electronics is liable to pay a fine as imposed for violating the provisions under these rules by the SPCB with the approval of the CPCB in advance.
  • The electronics importer is liable for all damages caused to the third party or the environment due to improper management and handling of the e-waste;

Responsibilities of the electronics importer (producer)

The importer of electrical and electronic equipment is responsible for -

(1) implementing the EPR with the following frameworks -

  • a. the mechanism used for channelling e-waste from 'end-of-life' items, including those from their service centres, to authorised recyclers or dismantlers must be according to the EPR - Authorisation. In cases of fluorescent and other mercury-containing lamps, where recyclers are not available, channelisation can be to the Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) from the collection centre;
  • b. channelisation and collection of e-waste produced from the ‘end-of-life’ of products or items with the same EEE code and historical waste available in line with the targets mentioned in Schedule III in EPR - Authorisation;
  • c. for disposal in TSDF, a pre-treatment is necessary to lower the volume of waste to be disposed of and immobilise the mercury;
  • d. make contact details available to the bulk consumer(s)/consumer(s) on their official website and prepare user documentation to facilitate the return of end-of-life EEE;
  • e. EPR - Authorisation must comprise a general scheme for WEEE collection from the EEE placed in the market before, like via collection centres, dealers, PRO, exchange scheme, buy-back arrangement, Deposit Refund System, etc., whether via any authorised agency or directly and channelising the collected items to authorised recyclers;
  • f. creating awareness via publications, media, advertisements, posters, or any other communication mode and preparing user documentation accompanying the equipment related to -
    • (i) details about hazardous constituents
    • (ii) details about contacting and web site;
    • (iii) details on dangers of improper disposal, handling, damage, accidental breakage, or improper recycling of e-waste;
    • (iv) attaching a legible, visible and indelible image/symbol given below on the product user documentation or products to prevent e-waste from being dropped in dustbins containing waste intended for disposal;
    • (v) guidelines for handling and disposal of the equipment after its use, in addition to the Do’s and Don’ts;
    • (vi) mechanism and means available for their consumers to give back e-waste for recycling, including the details of the Deposit Refund Scheme, if applicable.

    (g) the importer must implement EPR collectively (tip-up with PRO) or individually. It will be mandatory for the individual importer willing to import TV or other EEE in every case to obtain EPR - Authorisation from CPCB according to Form-1 and the process stated.

(2) to provide details on the implementing Deposit Refund Scheme (DRS) to make sure collection of end-of-life products and their channelisation to authorised recyclers or dismantlers.

(3) maintain records in Form-2 of the e-waste handled and make such records available for verification by the CPCB/SPCB.

(4) the import of EEE is allowed only to producers having EPR authorisation.

(5) the producer must apply to the CPCB for authorisation in Form 1 and get EPR - Authorisation for an importer in Form 1(aa).

(6) filing annual returns in Form-3 to the CPCB on or prior to the 30th day of June.

(7) Operating without obtaining EPR-Authorisation by any importer will be considered as causing damage to the environment. The EEE importers are hereby informed that the sale of electronic items without getting EPR – Authorisation from CPCB violates E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016.

Note - As per the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, whoever breaks or fails to comply with any rules is punishable according to section 15.

Procedure to obtain EPR - Authorisation for importers

Notably, to import AC & Refrigerator and other EEE, importers need EPR Authorisation. Here are the details to obtain the same.

1. The portal for grant/renewal of EPR Authorisation as per E-Waste Rules Registration-2016 is operational and available at the following URL: .

2. Henceforth the EPR-Authorisation can be done only through this portal. All importers have to register on this portal to obtain login credentials.

3. After login, user instructions will be available, which must be read carefully before applying.

4. Submit relevant documents like

  • Information of Electrical and Electronic Equipment placed on the market in previous years - Code wise
  • MoA
  • Estimated production of EEE waste item-wise and estimated collection target for the forthcoming year
  • Extended Producer Responsibility Plans
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Agreement copies with dealers, collection centres, recyclers, TSDF
  • Details for Reduction of Hazardous Substances compliance
  • Copy of the consent from the relevant Ministry/Department for selling their product
  • Import Export Code
  • GST registration
  • Copy of Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) license/permission as applicable;
  • Self-declaration regarding Reduction of Hazardous Substances provision;
  • Hazardous Waste Authorisation
  • Information on the collection mechanism/centre, including the state-wise setup
  • Types & quantity of e-waste stored
  • Types & quantity of handles or produced waste
  • Types & quantity of e-waste Transported
  • Types & quantity of e-waste sent to the collection centre

5. After completing all the formalities EPR - Authorisation is granted to the importers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. Is an EPR certificate mandatory in India?

    For importers wishing to import used electronics, obtaining the EPR certificate to keep e-waste under control is compulsory. However, importers need to obtain the same to operate in India. They also have to face fines, debarments, or both.

  • 2. What categories of EEE are covered under E-waste Management Rules, 2022?

    Categories of EEE, including their components, consumables, parts and spares covered under the EWM Rules, 2022, are as follows -

    SI. No. Categories of EEE Electrical and electronic equipment code


    Telecommunication and IT tools:


    Centralised data processing: Minicomputers, Mainframes


    Personal Computing: Personal Computers (CPU with I/O devices)


    Personal Computing: Laptop Computers (CPU with output and input devices)


    Personal Computing: Notebook Computers


    Personal Computing: Notepad Computers


    Printers including cartridges


    Copying Equipment


    Electrical and Electronic Typewriters


    User terminal and Systems








    Pay telephones


    Cordless telephones


    Cellular telephones


    Answering System


    Products or equipment for transmitting images, sound, or other details by telecommunications


    BTS (all components except tower structure)


    I-PAD, Tablets








    Global Positioning System (GPS)


    UPS (Uninterruptible power supply)






    Electronic data storage devices



    Consumer Electrical & Electronics & Photovoltaic Panels:


    Television sets (including sets implementing Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and light Emitting Diode Technology)


    Refrigerator (Fridge)


    Washing Machine


    Air-Conditioners excluding centralised air conditioning facilities


    Fluorescent & other Mercury containing lamps


    Screen, Electronic Photo frames, Electronic Display Panel, Monitors


    Radio sets


    Set-top Boxes


    Video Cameras


    Video Recorders


    Hi-Fi Recorders


    Audio Amplifiers


    Other products or equipment for reproducing or recording images or sound, including signals and other technologies for the distribution of sound and pictures by telecommunications


    Solar cells/panels, solar Photovoltaic panels/cells/modules


    Luminaries for fluorescent lamps, except luminaries in households


    High-intensity discharge lamps, including pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps


    Low-pressure sodium lamps


    Other lighting or equipment to spread or control light, except filament bulbs


    Digital camera



    Large & Small EEE


    Large cooling devices




    Other large devices used for conservation, refrigeration,  and food storage


    Clothes dryers


    Dish Washing Machines


    Electric cookers


    Electric stoves


    Electric hot plates


    Microwave Oven, Microwaves


    Other large devices used for cooking and other food processing


    Electric heating appliances


    Electric radiators


    Other large appliances for heating beds, rooms, seating furniture


    Electric fans


    Other exhaust ventilation, fanning and conditioning equipment


    Vacuum cleaners


    Carpet sweepers


    Other devices for cleaning


    Appliances used for knitting, sewing, weaving and other processing for textiles


    Iron and other devices for mangling, ironing and other care of clothing


    Coffee machines, grinders and instruments for opening or sealing containers or packages


    Smoke detector


    Heating Regulators




    Automatic dispensers for hot drinks


    Automatic dispensers for cold or hot bottles or cans


    Automatic dispensers for solid products


    Automatic dispensers for money


    All appliances which deliver all kinds of products automatically


    Indoor air purifier


    Hair dryer


    Electric shaver


    Electric kettle


    Electronic display panels/board/visual display unit



    Electrical and Electronic Tools (Except large- Scale Stationary Industrial Equipment)






    Sewing Machines


    Equipment for milling, turning, sanding, sawing, grinding, cutting, shearing, drilling, punching, making holes, folding, bending or similar processing of metal, wood and other materials


    Tools for nailing, riveting or removing or screwing rivets, screws, nails, or similar uses


    Tools for soldering, welding, or similar use


    Equipment for spreading, spraying, dispersing or other treatment of gaseous or liquid substance by other means


    Tools for mowing or other gardening activities



    Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment


    Electric trains or car racing sets


    Hand-held video games consoles


    Video games


    Computers for biking, diving, running, rowing, etc.


    Sports equipment with electric or electronic components


    Coin slot machines



    Medical Devices (Except All Infected and Implanted Products)


    Radiotherapy equipment & accessories


    Cardiology equipment & accessories


    Dialysis equipment & accessories


    Pulmonary ventilators & accessories


    Nuclear Medicine Equipment & accessories


    Laboratory tools for in vitro diagnosis and accessories


    Analysers & accessories


    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanner, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner, & Ultrasound Equipment along with accessories


    Fertilisation tests equipment & accessories


    Other electric appliances/kits/equipment used for screening, preventing, detecting, monitoring, evaluating, reviewing, examining, investigating, probing, treating sickness, illness, disease, disorder, infection, affliction, injury, trauma, or disability, abuse including the Tablets, Mobiles or any other device with the features capable of sex selection and their accessories



    Laboratory Instruments


    Gas analyser


    Equipment having electrical and electronic components


  • 3. What are the targets for Extended Producer Responsibility - Authorisation as per EWM Rules, 2016?



    E-Waste Collection Target



    (i) During the first two years of implementation of rules

    30% of the quantity of waste generated as mentioned in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    (ii) During the third and fourth years of implementation of rules

    40% of the quantity of waste generated as mentioned in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    During the Fifth and Sixth years of implementation of rules

    50% of the quantity of waste generated as mentioned in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    Seventh year onward of implementation of rules

    70% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.

  • 4. What are the revised targets for collection as per EW(M) Amendments Rules, 2018?

    Extended Producer Responsibility targets producers who have started sales operations recently, i.e. the number of years of sales operations is less than the average life of their products stated in the rules issued by the Central Pollution Control Board from time to time.

    SI No.


    E-waste Collection Target (Weight)



    5% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    5% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    10% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    10% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    15% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    15% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    20% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.


    2025 onwards

    20% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.

    As per E-waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2018, Targets for Extended Producer Responsibility - Authorisation are as follows -

    SI No.


    E-waste Collection Target (Weight)




    10% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    2018 to 2019

    20% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    2019 to 2020

    30% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    2020 to 2021

    40% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    2021 to 2022

    50% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    2022 to 2023

    60% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.


    After 2023

    70% of the amount of waste generation as indicated in the Extended Producer Responsibility Plan.

  • 5. What are the new targets as per EWM Rules, 2022?

    SI No.

    Year (Y)

    E-waste Recycling Target (by weight)



    5% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    5% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    10% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    10% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.



    15% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.


    2028-2029 onwards

    15% of the sales figure for the financial year 2016-17.

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