About this consultation

Feedback period
13 September 2019 - 6 December 2019 (midnight Brussels time)

Target audience

Consumers and civil society; public authorities; economic operators involved in any lifecycle phase of an electrical and electronic equipment; economic operators involved in any lifecycle phase of the relevant hazardous substances; electrical and electronic waste treatment operators; research and academic communities.

Why we are consulting

The rise in the production and usage of electrical and electronic products, such as mobile phones, computers and kitchen appliances, has resulted in an increasing volume of electrical and electronic waste. During the collection, treatment and disposal of the waste, the products may release harmful (hazardous) substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium. These hazardous substances may even be released during the use of the product.
To address such challenges, EU legislation restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (the RoHS Directive https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1567588638618&uri=CE...).

Currently, the Directive restricts the use of ten substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2 ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). All products with an electrical and electronic component, unless specifically excluded, have to comply with these restrictions.

The legislation protects human health and the environment. It also contributes to the free movement of goods within the EU, encourages development of innovative products and technologies, and inspires non-European countries to pass similar laws.

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on how the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic products works in practice. The views will help the Commission in assessing what works well, what not and why.

Responding to the questionnaire

You can contribute to this consultation by filling in the online questionnaire. If you are unable to use the online questionnaire, please contact us using the email address below.

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