RoHS


EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment RoHS Directive (2011/95/EU) and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) has been in force since February 2003. The legislation provides for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their used e-waste free of charge.

The objective of these schemes is to increase the recycling and/or re-use of such products. It also requires 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.

Inadequately treated e-waste poses environmental and health risks. In December 2008, the European Commission therefore proposed to revise the directives on electrical and electronic equipment in order to tackle the fast increasing waste stream of such products.

The aim is to increase the amount of e-waste that is appropriately treated and to reduce the volume that goes to disposal. The aim of the RoHS recast was also 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 was published in the Official Journal on 1 July 2011.

History of the RoHS Recast:

06. Press release on the proposed revised WEEE and RoHS directive (Dec 2008)
07. Proposal for a revised directive placing restrictions on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (Dec 2008)
08. Impact assessment on the proposed directive placing restrictions on certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (Dec 2008)
09. Summary of the impact assessment on RoHS (Dec 2008)
10. Questions and answers on the RoHS proposal (Dec 2008)
11. The European Parliament voted in first reading on 24 November 2010. More information
12. Press release of 24 November 2010
13. The Council adopted the Recast Directive (RoHS 2) on 27 May 2011. Next steps will be formal signature and publication. More information
14. RoHS 2 was published in the Official Journal on 1 July 2011; entry into force on 21 July 2011. More information
15. Press release of 20 July 2011

RoHS 2 FAQ guidance document

For More detailed Information or other related resources, news and developments, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/