European Commission Published Draft Proposal for RoHS and WEEE Directive
The European Commission (EC) issued "Proposal for a Directive of the European
Parliament and of the Council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous
substances in electrical and electronic equipment (recast)" and "Proposal
for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste electrical
and electronic equipment (WEEE) (recast)" on December 3rd, 2008 to revise
the current EU RoHS (2002/95/EC) and WEEE (2002/96/EC).
Summary of the RoHS proposed action:
- Two new annexes describing the directive scope are added which removed from
current WEEE directive Annex I and IA.
- Medical devices and control and monitoring instruments are added in scope
from 1st January 2014 and 1st January 2017.
- Manufacture shall draw up an EC declaration of conformity and affix the
CE marking when placing their products on the market and shall keep the technical
documentation and the EC declaration of conformity for ten years after the
EEE has been placed on the market.
- When the substances listed in Annex III (i.e HBCDD, DEHP, BBP and DBP) have
unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, arising from the use
of substances, the list of prohibited substance in Annex IV shall be reviewed
according Articles 69 to 72 of REACH regulation.
Summary of the WEEE proposed action
- The scope is clarified to the scope of the RoHS Directive.
- Annex I of Directive 2002/96/EC is deleted and a new Annex is added establishing
minimum monitoring requirements for shipments of WEEE.
- WEEE a 65% collection rate set in function of the amount of EEE placed on
the market in the preceding two years.
- Recovery and recycling targets are modified to include the re-use of whole
appliances and the medical devices (the weight-based targets will increase
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