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The RoHS Directive

What's new?  

 

  • Proposal to add Medium-Chained Chlorinated Paraffins to the list of restricted substances has been submitted to the Commission
  • Seven Commission Delegated Directives amending Annex III were published in the Official Journal
  • Stakeholder consultations launched as part of the Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2, more details available on the specific page.
  • Notice to stakeholders - Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of industrial products
  • Circular Economy: legislation amending the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU (Scope Review) has been published in the Official Journal
  • Several applications for the renewal of existing exemptions or for new exemptions under the RoHS 2 Directive have been submitted, please consult the specific page which contains also information on exemption's validity and on publicly available documents for the assessment procedure.

old TVEU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment has been in force since February 2003. The legislation provides for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their used waste EEE free of charge. The objective of these schemes is to increase the recycling and/or re-use of such products. The legislation also requires certain hazardous substances (heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium and flame retardants such as polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)) to be substituted by safer alternatives. Waste EEE poses environmental and health risks if inadequately treated. The RoHS and WEEE directives on electrical and electronic equipment were recast in 2011 and 2012 to tackle the fast increasing waste stream of such products. The aim is to increase the amount of waste EEE that is appropriately treated and to reduce the volume that goes to disposal.

The 2017 RoHS 2 scope review proposal

In January 2017, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal to introduce adjustments in the scope of the Directive, supported by the impact assessment. The preparatory RoHS 2 scope review studies are also available. The respective legislative act amending the RoHS 2 Directive, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, has been published in the Official Journal on 21 November 2017.

The 2011 RoHS recast

The aim of the RoHS recast was, among other things, to reduce administrative burdens and ensure coherency with newer policies and legislation covering, for example, chemicals and the new legislative framework for the marketing of products in the European Union. The RoHS Recast Directive (RoHS 2) was published in the Official Journal on 1 July 2011.

History of the RoHS Recast:

Other important steps following the RoHS Recast

Frequently Asked Questions have been answered in the RoHS 2 FAQ document. Furthermore, consolidated guidance for applicants for an exemption and related application form pursuant to RoHS 2 Article 5(8) have been drafted.