Exemptions for EU substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) often contains hazardous substances, such as lead, cadmium or mercury. These hazardous substances can create significant environmental and health problems when waste EEE is being disposed of or recycled. For these reasons the amount and type of substances which can be included into EEE is restricted.

The EU Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) (2002/95/EC) was adopted by the EU on 1 July 2006 and restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE put on the market after this date. The RoHS Directive was reviewed in 2010, which led to its repeal and replacement by a new Directive from 3 January 2013 (2011/65/EU).

The RoHS 2 Directive is transposed into UK law by the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012, which came into force on 2 January 2013. The RoHS Regulations 2012 continue to place restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE and are relevant to manufacturers selling a wide range of EEE in the EU…

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