Frequently Asked Questions on EPR Authorization
1. What is an EPR Certificate/EPR Registration?
EPR stands for Extended Producer's Responsibility. EPR Certificate is mandatory for Indian Manufacturer / Importer of products for E-waste management.
2. Who issues the EPR Certificate/EPR Authorization?
EPR Authorization is given by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under MOEFCC, Government of India.
3. Is an EPR Certificate/EPR Authorization mandatory in India?
Yes, EPR Certificate is mandatory for Producers, Importers and Manufacturers. For manufacturers and importers, it is mandatory to procure the EPR certificate to keep E-waste under control. However, if manufacturers or importers fail to acquire the same, they won’t be able to operate in India. Along with this, manufacturers or importers have to face debarment, fine, or both.
4. Why is EPR Certificate Required?
EPR Certificate is the authorization given by the government that the manufacturer and importer will handle the recycling of the product at the end of its life cycle. Thus it is aimed as an environmental protection strategy and reducing e-waste and pollution in the country.
5. What is the Validity of one EPR Certificate/EPR Authorization?
One EPR Authorization/EPR Certificate is valid for 5 years. However, one can add additional categories anytime in this period.
6. How to apply for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Certificate?
The process of EPR Authorization is divided into the following steps
Step-1: Application with required enclosures
Step-2: Review of Application by CPCB
Step-3: Submission of additional information, if required by CPCB
Step-4: Grant of Certificate by CPCB
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