As a foreign producer, do I need to appoint an authorised representative?
A foreign producer who puts electrical or electronic equipment on the Dutch market can directly join the OPEN Foundation without having to appoint an authorized representative. As of the 1st of March the OPEN Foundation is in of the producer responsibility for all producers (foreign producers as well) in the Netherlands. With its generally binding waste management fee agreement the OPEN Foundation actually fulfils the purpose of the Authorised Representative role and therefore it is in the opinion of the OPEN Foundation not necessary and less efficient to appoint an Authorised Representative
Foreign producers that meet the obligations from the waste management fee agreement of the OPEN Foundation can be handed a compliance statement which they can hand over to their own country to show that they act in accordance with the Dutch legislation on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment. For more information on the way the OPEN foundation handles the Authorised Representative, read our statement.
Of course, a foreign producer is free to appoint an Authorised Representative, but in the opinion of the OPEN Foundation this is not necessary.