Consultation on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU

The UK’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills has announced a new consultation on the implementation of the European Union’s new Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electronical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011.

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, as well as minimising the end of life environmental impact of that equipment. It is a single European market measure and implementation is made by one law covering the whole of the UK.

The original Directive published in 2002 was implemented through The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006, (SI 2006 No. 1463) which came into force on 1 July 2006. It was subsequently replaced by SI 2008 No. 37.

The new RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU was published on 1 July 2011. It has a different scope and obligations on those placing products on the market. This consultation seeks views on the implementation policy, draft regulations, consultation impact assessment and draft UK guidance notes. It is expected that additional, more detailed guidance will be made available by the European Commission later this year, as the UK is contributing to drafting work in this
area.

Main issues

The original policy of the RoHS Directive to protect human health and the environment across the European single market remains the same. However, the new Directive brings 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
  • Introduces an end date after which non-compliant product cannot be made available.

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

Consultation period

Open date: 12 Apr 2012

Closing date: 06 Jul 2012

Further information

Consultation website

 

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