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WEEE, RoHS and EcoDesign

Two EC Directives that became law in many European Member States in 2005 have significant implications for electrical and electronics companies in terms of product design, manufacturing, sales and management accounting.

WEEE Directive

Effective in Member States from August 2005, Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) places strict compliance requirements for producers of electrical and electronic equipment to provide for collection, recycling and recovery of waste equipment. Producers are defined as companies that manufacture affected electrical or electronic equipment, resell equipment produced by other manufacturers, or import such equipment into a Member State. Some of these requirements will become more prescriptive in certain Member States from February 2014, as these countries amend their WEEE Regulations to implement the revised WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU published in July 2012. ENVIRON’s dedicated B2BWEEE site provides information and advice on how our compliance management services enable companies to comply with the WEEE Directive across all 28 EU Member States.

Please contact Howard Stimpson for questions or help managing your WEEE compliance issues.

RoHS2

Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (known as RoHS2), which took effect in EU Member States from 2 January 2013, brings a much wider range of equipment into scope, but has not introduced any new substance restrictions yet. Another very important difference is that RoHS2 is a CE Marking Directive – this is discussed in detail in the ENVIRON “Guide to Using BOMcheck and EN 50581 to Comply with RoHS2 Technical Documentation Requirements” which is published at ENVIRON's dedicated site www.bomcheck.net/rohs.

ENVIRON’s Gap Assessment, Training and Consulting services help electronics and other article manufacturing companies manage compliance to the RoHS Directive, as well as to other product-targeted environmental regulatory and customer, requirements. Our consulting services can assist with development and support of project plans, detailed recommendations for procedure modifications, outlining or drafting procedures and flowcharts as necessary, software needs analysis, RFP development and recommendations, material composition data management approach and strategy .development.

Please contact Mike Kirschner for help managing compliance to the RoHS Directive and other regulated substance requirements.

 

Questions?

To discuss your issues and challenges related to WEEE, RoHS and EcoDesign, please contact Aidan Turnbull, Principal.