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Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2019

Synopsis

These regulations will amend the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012.

Exclusions from the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) regime on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are extended. Amendments made authorise wider use of spare parts and cables, with the objective of improving the application of the waste hierarchy.

 
 
 

Summary

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2019 will amend the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 on 12 June 2019.

What will be updated?

The 2019 regulations extend exemptions from the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) regime on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Amendments made also support the continued use of spare parts and cables in EEE.

RoHS Exemptions

Exemptions from the RoHS regime are extended to include pipe organs.

Exemptions on EEE that constitutes non-mobile machinery for professional use are extended. This will now also include equipment with an external power source.

Cables and spare parts for use in exempt EEE

RoHS requirements will not apply to cables or spare parts for the repair, reuse, update or upgrade any EEE outside the scope of the to the 2002 RoHS 1 Directive (2002/95/EU), if this was supplied before 22 July 2019.

Reuse of spare parts within auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems

The 2019 regulations significantly extend the scope of exemptions for the use of spare parts from EEE placed on the market prior to RoHS requirements coming into force.

From 12 June 2019, the reuse of spare parts in EEE will be permitted as follows. These forms of reuse are only authorised in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems where the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer:

  1. recovered from EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2006, and used in EEE placed on the market before 1 July 2016;
  2. recovered from medical devices or monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2024;
  3. recovered from in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the market before 22 July 2016, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2026;
  4. recovered from industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2017, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2027;
  5. recovered from all other EEE that was outside the scope of RoHS 1 Directive that was placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and used in EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2029.

Background

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 set maximum concentration values for six substances in EEE (10 from 22 July 2019). Producers of this equipment are responsible for compliance.

 

 

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