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WEEE RoHS Directives

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives, introduced in 2005 by the European Union, affects companies selling a broad range of electrical goods in Europe.

"Directives 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and 2002/96/EC2 on waste electrical and electronic equipment are designed to tackle the fast increasing waste stream of electrical and electronic equipment and complements European Union measures on landfill and incineration of waste. Increased recycling of electrical and electronic equipment will limit the total quantity of waste going to final disposal. Producers will be responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment. This will provide incentives to design electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally more efficient way, which takes waste management aspects fully into account." (Source - Europa the portal site of the European Union http://europa.eu)

The EU’s WEEE Directive is implemented in EU Member States countries by national WEEE regulations, which differ considerably from country to country. Therefore, we strongly urge U.S. companies to get further information in the countries where they seek to export.

All EU’s WEEE and RoHS-related legislative texts are available on the European Commission’s WEEE/RoHS website.

This document provides an overview of the questions most frequently asked to the U.S. Department of Commerce with regard to WEEE and of the answers we typically provide. Although we make every effort to keep the information accurate and up-to-date, it does not constitute legal advice, nor have any legal effects. The only authorities able to make authoritative statements on the questions below are the national courts, the European Commission and the European Court of Justice.