The Recast of RoHS Directive
No. 29/ 2009 On 3 September 2009, the Council of the EU’s secretariat presented Member State delegations with compromise texts for new RoHS Directives. On 3 December last year, the European Commission made proposals for recast RoHS Directives, with a view to toughening up the existing laws, increasing producer responsibility, and market surveillance in EU.
Main points of interest:
Including all EEE in RoHS scope unless there is a specific exemption of a certain product (Newly added to these exclusions are large-scale stationery industrial tools and musical pipe organs)
Annexes I and II of the original proposed text (respectively, the EEE categories, and products falling within their scope) have been deleted from the text.
Draft Article 4 stipulates that “EEE, including spare parts for its repair or its reuse placed on the market”, must not contain the substances listed in Annex IV. The Annex IV substances are those which are already currently banned under the existing RoHS Directive, namely, lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE. No new ones are listed.
The draft contains a range of obligations on manufacturers, importers and distributors. For example, that before placing EEE on the EU market, the importers will have to ensure that the appropriate conformity assessment procedure has been carried out by the producer. Importers will also need to indicate their name, trade name or trade mark, and address, for contact purposes, on the EEE, or if this is not possible then on the packaging or in a document accompanying the EEE.
CE mark still included
Exemption procedure will still need active application every 4 years
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