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WEEE/RoHS: Finland

Update as of December 14, 2011

Who is handling registration in the country?

WEEE and ROHS registration is handled by:

Pirkanmaa ELY-Centre
Yliopistonkatu 38, 

PO-Box 297,

FI-33101 Tampere,

Finland

Tel: +358 50 402 4207 
Fax: 358-3-242 0266
Contact: Mr. Teemu Virtanen
Senior Adviser

teemu.virtanen@ely-keskus.fi

tel. +358 50 402 4207 

For more information, please visit: http://www.ymparisto.fi and click on "In English" in the top right corner. Forms for international clients are on this website at: http://www.ymparisto.fi/default.asp?node=11769&lan=en.

According to local sources, each producer must register with Pirkanmaa Regional Environmental Center (Producer Register) or join producers compliance schemes to comply with the Waste Law (Ordinance on EE Waste - 852/2004). Deadline for registering was May 15, 2005.

Only legal entities in Finland can register due to lack of possibility to apply Finnish legislation to any foreign companies without a legal representative in Finland. Only companies with Finnish business code (Y-code) can register. So as a general rule, only Finnish branch office or importer of the products to Finland can and has to register.

If a foreign company sells equipment directly to the end user of the product without any local company involved, the end user is considered as an importer. In that case, the foreign company can take the responsibility on behalf of the end user by joining one of the existing compliance schemes ([www.elker.fi], [www.serty.fi], [www.nera.fi]), which then acts as a legal entity. Please note, that it is not possible to do this on behalf of a Finnish importer of the products or a local subsidiary.

Registering has to be made either in Finnish or Swedish, the two official languages. Registering formats can be found from Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Center's Finnish and Swedish web pages (http://www.ymparisto.fi). The forms should be sent in paper format. Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Center cannot accept electronic forms, because due to the legislation, they need the original signed application. Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Center serves their customers in Finnish, Swedish, German and English. Therefore, it is possible to send additional information in English.

At present, the registration fee for an individual producer is 390 Euros and for compliance scheme 1,400 Euros. Membership fees for compliance schemes vary according to the scheme.

What is the timing of implementation?

WEEE - August 13, 2005

ROHS - July 1, 2006

Is there a collective or takeback system that companies can join?

WEEE Producer Communities are:

The Office of SERTY
Salomonkatu 17 A
FIN-00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: 358-9-5868 8710
Fax: 358-9-5868 8750
Contact: Mr. Timo Valkonen
Managing Director
E-mail: timo.valkonen@serty.fi

SERTY is electrical and electronic equipment producers’ community that functions as a coordinator for its members on the recycling of their products in Finland. SERTY is a non-profit organization where all companies either in production or in importing business of electrical and electronic equipment can join: http://www.serty.fi/index.php?langID=2

Elker Oy
Särkiniementie 3
00210 Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-696 3800
Fax: +358-9-696 3455
Contact: Veikko Hintsanen
Executive Director
E-mail: veikko.hintsanen@elker.fi

Elker Oy is an organization founded in March 2004 for the purpose of organizing the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment waste. The organization produces administrative, agency, comparisons to find the most profitable choice, statistics, reporting, etc. services to producers' entities who own the organization.
http://www.elker.fi/en/elker_en

SELT (Medical)
http://www.elker.fi/en/tuottajayhteisot_en

FLIP ry (Lamps)
http://www.elker.fi/en/elker_en

http://www.flip.fi

RoHS Enforcement

The Finnish RoHS authority is TUKES.
http://www.tukes.fi/en/

http://www.tukes.fi/en/Toimialat/Electricity-and-lifts/RoHS-directive/

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes):

Tiia Salamäki, Senior Safety Engineer, tiia.salamaki@tukes.fi, tel. +358 10 6052 632

Ministry of the Environment (Finland):

RoHS:

Else Peuranen, Senior Adviser, else.peuranen@ymparisto.fi, tel. +358 50 381 4359

WEEE:

Tarja-Riitta Blauberg, Senior Adviser, tarja-riitta.blauberg@ymparisto.fi, tel. +358 400 143 917

For more information, please contact:

Tarja Kunnas, Commercial Specialist
email: tarja.kunnas@trade.gov
tel: +358 9 616 5345

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