In the course of the RoHS 1 recast, Council and Parliament introduced an open scope and a new definition of a product's dependency on electricity. Throughout the co-decision procedure, the Commission maintained the view that any scope changes would require a prior impact assessment. Therefore, the Commission launched an additional study immediately after the adoption of RoHS 2. The consultants' final report and product factsheets, also including recommendations regarding Article 2(2), are available here.
Based on the above study, the Commission launched a follow-up study in 2013 mainly to analyse various options for the adjustment of Article 2(2). The final report was published mid-2014.
In the course of above studies prepared for the Commission, numerous workshops were organised with a participation of stakeholders who have been also consulted on a regular basis online and in writing. A dedicated webpage has been launched to facilitate exchange of information for each project: http://rohs.biois.com/home and http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=127
Based on these studies, the Commission is currently preparing a full impact assessment and a legislative proposal under the Article 24(1) mandate to introduce adjustments in the scope of the Directive.