Q. Occasionally our supplier sends us overstock product that is still in the original packaging. Do we have to test it before we resell it?
A. Product that is unopened and still in original packaging does not need to be tested prior to selling – unless the equipment is known to be recalled equipment. This is addressed in Provision 6 (e) of the Standard and clarified in the R2 Guidance Document:
From Provision 6(e) of the Standard:
An R2:2013 electronics recycler need not conform to the downstream requirements of Provision 5 and the exporting requirements of Provision 3 for shipments that are Tested/Full Function, R2:2013/Ready for Reuse in Section (c)(1), or Tested/Key Functions, R2:2013/Ready for Resale in Section (c)(2), or are new and in original packaging.
Clarification from the Guidance Document
(Section 6.24 regarding new and in original packaging):
Equipment returned under warranty may appear to be in original packaging. If a recycler takes in what is known to be recalled equipment, all reuse testing and screening procedures must be followed. Recalled equipment in the original packaging does not qualify for 6.e exclusions since it is known to be defective.