ETIRA welcomes the forthcoming EU Circular Economy Action plan

February 10, 2020

Draft paper on EU Circular Economy Action Plan announces regulatory measures on printers and consumables in Eco-design Directive promoting circularity in energy-related products.

Brussels, 10 February 2020 – A draft Communication from the EU Commission on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan says that as a priority, regulatory measures for printers and consumables such as cartridges, will be included in the EU eco-design Directive promoting circularity in energy-related products (2020-2024 Working Plan).

ETIRA acknowledges the strong determination and congratulates the EU Commission and the member states to speed up and advance the circular economy, for a cleaner and more competitive Europe, something that has been in ETIRA’s DNA since it was created.

Javier Martinez, President of ETIRA, commented on the draft proposals. “Waste prevention, green jobs creation and climate change defence actions, are all well addressed in the draft plan. We are pleased that following ETIRA’s long term campaign, we now see printers and cartridges as one of the priority eco-design actions for the EU.  This is something ETIRA has been asking for quite some time, and ETIRA is fully committed to it!

The plan represents a huge opportunity to rebalance the market, which up to now has been challenged because of imported non-compliant products.

As Europe transitions from a linear to a circular economy model, it is crucial that all parties move forward together, and that the doors to Europe are closed to infringing products.

ETIRA continues to support and makes every possible effort to transition to a Circular Economy, which empowers consumers, enables real reduction of waste, delivers a cleaner Europe, and generates new green jobs” .

ETIRA 2017-2018 Activity Report published !

July 2, 2017

The 2017-2018 ETIRA Activity Report was published on 3 July 2017.

Download your copy (PDF, 14 pages) here: Annual Report 2017-2018

2015 ETIRA Guide to Clones published !

November 21, 2014

Download here your own language copy of ETIRA’s Guide to Clones !
Resellers and distributors in Europe should watch out: Trading newbuilts that infringe patents will cost you dearly !
ETIRA works hard against the flood of cheap newbuilt patent-infringing non-OEM cartridges from SE Asia. Since 2012, HP, Samsung and other OEM’s launched serious legal action against resellers, distributors etc. across Europe who stocked newbuilt non-OEM cartridges that infringe OEM patents.
And in July 2012, police raided a warehouse in Germany where workers fitted OEM labels on thousands of non OEM-cartridges. The owners are now in jail ! At the Paperworld trade shows in January 2013 and 2014, several newbuilts were removed by customs officials on account of infringing OEM-patents.
So make sure that you only sell cartridges that have been remanufactured in accordance with the law, or newbuilts that respect legitimate patents.
Hard to tell which is which ? Not anymore. ETIRA just developed the ideal tool for you.
Our “Guide to Clones” identifies the different types of cartridges present in the European marketplace today, and warns you for the pitfalls.

The Guide is available in many languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Chinese and Dutch.

Download the English version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here
Download the French version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the German version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Italian version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Spanish version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Polish version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Swedish version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Czech version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Russian version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Hungarian version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Bulgarian version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here.
Download the Croatian version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here
Download the Chinese version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here
Download the Dutch version of the ETIRA Guide to Clones here

MPS programme may include remanufactured cartridges

March 7, 2013

Using remanufactured cartridges under your MPS-programme: more profits and less CO2 emissions !

MPS is the new way to optimize printing costs whilst reducing the hassle. And if you use remanufactured cartridges under your MPS programme, you can even save twice as much !
ETIRA has developed a short presentation which outlines why you should do MPS-business with our Members. Download your free copy of the ETIRA MPS presention here.

Remanufactured cartridges are top-quality!

Top-quality: Cartridges bought from an ETIRA-member are 100% reliable

Original cartridges are often more expensive per liter than vintage champagne…..

So why bother ?
You do not need to pay a fortune to get top-quality cartridges: if you buy from an ETIRA-member your are sure to get a top-quality product for a reasonable price.

For obvious reasons, some Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s, our competitors) tend to argue that non-original cartridges are less reliable. But many independent studies, consumer surveys etc, published during the last few years prove that non-originals are as good as (and sometimes even better than !) the original product ! And this conclusion is logic: each ETIRA Member has his own certified product/service quality system. And often they also apply one or more of the schemes referred to below.

DIN is short for Deutsche Industrie Norm, the worldwide renowned German institute for standardization. DIN has elaborated several standards for remanufactured toner and inkjet cartridges. DIN standards 33870, 33871 and can be obtained from DIN, please refer to
DIN 33870 Information technology; Office machines – Requirements and tests for the preparation of refilled toner modules for electrophotographical printers, copiers and facsimile machines
DIN 33871-1 Information technology; Office machines – Requirements and tests for the preparation of refilled toner modules for electrophotographical printers, copiers and facsimile machines
Several ETIRA members apply DIN standards in their production process.

STMC stands for the Standardized Test Methods Committee. This global committee formed to find and promote standardized test methods for the printer cartridge industry. The test methods are used to evaluate toner printer cartridge performance. Standardized test methods make it possible to evaluate a cartridge anywhere and come up with the same test results no matter who tests it. Standardized tests do not specify how a cartridge must perform; they only measure it.
ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials), is an independent, organization of volunteers that work under very strict rules that force objectivity to write test methods. STMC and ASTM are not one and the same thing. The STMC has accepted several ASTM International test methods as well as ISO, ISTA, and ANSI test methods.
A company that is STMC certified is one that has had their employees successfully trained by an authorized trainer in these test methods, attests to using these test methods, and has purchased the correct test equipment.

Several ETIRA members have obtained the STMC-accreditation for their products. 
Please click here for full details on STMC.

The Blue Angel is the first and oldest environment-related label in the world for products and services. It was created in 1977 on the initiative of the Federal Minister of the Interior and approved by the Ministers of the Environment of the national government and the federal states.
One label says more than a thousand words
The task which is associated with the Environmental Label is clearly defined: the Blue Angel promotes the concerns of both environmental protection and consumer protection. Therefore it is awarded to products and services which are particularly beneficial for the environment in an all-round consideration and which also fulfil high standards of occupational health and safety and fitness for use. Economical use of raw materials, production, usage, service life and disposal – all these factors are assigned a high importance. Products which are awarded the label bear the logo of the Blue Angel directly on the product whereby service companies use it on materials used to offer their services.

The Blue Angel environmental label is the property of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety. It is sponsored and administered by the Federal Environmental Agency and the quality assurance and product labelling institute RAL Deutsches Institut für Gütesicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V. All technical demands placed on products and services for the award of the Environmental Label are decided by the independent Environmental Label jury. The award of the Blue Angel is entrusted to the RAL Deutsches Institut für Gütesicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V. – with the participation of the Federal Environmental Agency and the federal state in which the manufacturer or supplier of the respective product or service has its registered office. The Federal Environmental Agency is responsible, among other things, for the development of requirements for the award of the Blue Angel – and the Environmental Label jury has its office in the Federal Environmental Agency.
Several ETIRA members have obtained the blue angel accreditation for their toner products. Please click here for the official website of the Blue Angel.

The Swan is the official Nordic ecolabel, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Swan logo demonstrates that a product is a good environmental choice. The green symbol is available for around 60 product groups for which it is felt that ecolabelling is needed and will be beneficial. These days, everything from washing-up liquid to furniture and hotels can carry the Swan label.
The Swan checks that products fulfil certain criteria using methods such as samples from independent laboratories, certificates and control visits.
The label is usually valid for three years, after which the criteria are revised and the company must reapply for a licence. In this way, we ensure that products better suited to the environment are constantly being developed.
The Swan’s requirements:
A product carrying the Swan label meets extremely high environmental standards.
• The Swan takes into consideration the product’s impact on the environment from the raw material to waste – i.e. throughout the product’s lifecycle.
• The Swan also sets criteria with regard to quality and performance. The product must offer at features which are at least as good as other similar products.
• To ensure that a Swan-labelled product is always at the cutting edge from an environmental point-of-view, criteria are revised repeatedly.
The criteria for toner cartridges can be found on the website of Nordic Swan.
Companies applying for a licence to use the Swan label must provide results from independent testing to prove that the criteria have been met.
Several ETIRA members have obtained the Nordic Swan accreditation for their products.Please

Application for membership

Want to grow your business ? Then join ETIRA

ETIRA represents the interests of the toner and inkjet remanufacturing industry at European level.
Every day, we are working on your behalf:

  • fighting anti-remanufacturing devices like clever chips
  • pro-actively informing the general public about remanufactured cartridges (flyers, website, outreach)
  • helping you to “business network” with your colleagues/competitors at our regular meetings across Europe
  • promoting quality remanufacturing (like the DIN/CEN/ISO standardization work meetings)

On our website you will find an in-depth overview of our activities.

Membership is open to any company that remanufactures inkjet, toner or ribbon products, as well as to collectors, brokers, suppliers, services suppliers, technical services & equipment, manufacturing of compatibles, ink, and wholesale/retail sales, etc.
If you qualify under any of the abovementioned business activities, you should join our association so you too can benefit from membership advantages and grow your business.
Over 50 remanufacturing companies and their suppliers are already member of ETIRA, including many major players. For an updated list of ETIRA members, please look on the homepage of this website (under the “Find Members”-section).

To join us now, you only need to download here the application form. Print it, fill it out, and sign it. Then fax it back to us, that’s all!

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