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Enterprises exporting ICT hardware products to Germany must make sure that their goods are CE certified. The CE Mark identifies a product as complying with EU health and safety standards. Depending on the type of product, conformity can be proven by the manufacturer or with the involvement of an authorized body. Manufacturers and exporters must be aware that in Germany, software and other ICT products should be modified according to the country's customs and language.

Manufacturers, importers and distributors of ICT equipment must also make sure to comply with the Elektro G legislation in Germany. This legislation is based on the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives and requires that manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) register all electronic products put on the German market with the Foundation Elektro-Altgeraete Register (EAR). The Elektro G also requires that manufacturers and importers offer a collection and waste disposal scheme for these products at their own cost. They may either participate in an existing collection scheme or establish their own collection system. Information on existing recycling firms can be obtained from the Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Disposal. Furthermore, the ''Elektro G'' limits and reduces the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) in new electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. lead, cadmium, mercury, etc.