WEEE and RoHS

With the growing concerns over the potential threats of electrical and electronic waste directed towards the environment and human health, EU Council and the European Parliament introduced two Directives: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substance (RoHS) Directive in order to tackle with the associated environmental problems. Each Directive imposes obligations and outcomes that EU Member States must achieve. 

As a responsible manufacturer, exporter or importer selling electrical and electronic goods in the European Union, you must conform to the EU legislation for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and keep being informed the latest requirements. 

 

The first WEEE Directive, 2002/96/EC, which sets out the responsibilities of EEE producers with regard to the collection and recycling of waste from a broad range of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, was adopted by the European Union (EU) in 2003 and was further revised to new WEEE Directive, 2012/19/EU, which became effective on February 14, 2014.

The EU directive (2011/65/EU) of Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), which bans the use of certain hazardous substances (such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and some polybrominated flame retardants) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, was effective in 2013 and repealed the first RoHS directive (2002/95/EC). On 4 June 2015, Official Journal of the European Union published Commission DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/863 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of restricted substances. Four phthalates, DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP have been officially placed on the list of restricted substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Up to now, there are total 10 restricted substances in Annex II. Member states shall adopt and publish, by 31 Dec. 2016 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this directive. All electrical and electronic products placed on the Union market shall meet the requirements of this new restriction before 22 July 2019.

Each Directive imposes the obligations that EU Member States must comply. CMA Testing provides advisory and testing services which supports your products to fulfill with regulatory requirements.

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