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Amendment Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) (GEN – 850.00)

24 November 2017

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2017 - Amendment Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS)
General

Amendment Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) (GEN – 850.00)

24 November 2017

2 min read

GEN – 850.00. The European Commission has published Directive 2017/2102/EU amending the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU. The requirements apply to all other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market from 22 July 2019. This document provides for a summary on the most important points. 

All electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) covered

The implementation of RoHS2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) started in 2013 and was applied the products covered by the first ROHS directive (2002/95/EC).

RoHS2 provides for an extension in phases. Unless explicitly excluded, all EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market from 22 July 2019 is now subject to this Directive.

All equipment, no matter how small or large, that has at least one electrical function is considered as EEE.

Spare parts

If reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer, the RoHS requirements do not apply to reused spare parts that are defined in the amendments of the new Directive.

Waste of electric and electronic equipment (WEEE)

WEEE is a complex mixture of materials and components that, because of their hazardous content, require proper management. To improve the environmental management and to contribute to a circular economy, two pieces of legislation have been put in place that are intertwined: WEEE and RoHS.

Recommended Actions

The open scope of WEEE takes effect as of 15 August 2018. With the amendments to the RoHS Directive, it is ensured that EEE will be covered by 22 July 2019 at the latest. Members should prepare for these dates timely. Because of the possible different national implementations of WEEE, manufacturers are recommended to check the requirement that would apply in each country, or to contact the national Eurovent member association in their country.

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