Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

August 9, 2013

Consultation on the implementation of the ‘Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive’ (2011/65/EU) in the UK

On 12 April 2012, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) launched a consultation on the implementation of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (RoHS Directive) in the UK. An associated consultation stage impact assessment, intended to measure the impact of the RoHS Directive, can be read in conjunction with the consultation.

The consultation is relevant to all businesses, wholesalers and distributors making and/or placing products with any electrical and electronic function on the market and also to trade associations in the electronics and ICT sector.

The RoHS Directive primarily aims to ensure that EU Member States apply common restrictions on the levels of six hazardous substances that may be present in a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment. The restricted substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and ploybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). In restricting usage of these substances, the Directive seeks to minimise the amount of potentially hazardous substances ending up in landfill sites and present in recycling processes.

In order to implement these changes, the new RoHS Directive replaces and revises previous Directives and legislation by bringing forward changes to:

– broaden the scope of products covered;
– require the ‘CE’ and other marking of compliant products and new conformity assessment procedures;
– provide for new exclusions from scope;
– provide for new criteria for the application and duration of exemptions; and
– introduce an end date after which non-compliant products cannot be made available.

The consultation closes on 6 July 2012 and it is intended that the new RoHS Regulations will come into force on 2 January 2013. Different categories of products will then be brought into the scope of the RoHS Regulations in a piecemeal fashion over a six and a half year period beginning on 2 January 2013.
Note: Links to consultation documents referred to are:-

Consultation: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/i/12-582-implementationrestriction-hazardous-substances-directive-consultation.pdf
Consultation stage Impact Assessment: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/businesssectors/docs/c/12-586-consultation-stage-impact-assessment-recast-rohs-directive.pdf

 

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