Revision of the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electronics (RoHS)

As part of the European Union (EU) Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) and its Chemical strategy for sustainabilitythe European Commission is revising its RoHS directive (Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electronics).

The directive attempts to restrict the use of 10 hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) in order to develop a cleaner materials supply chain and mitigate worker and consumer exposures across Europe.

In its initial impact assessment report, the European Commission said the directive helps to protect the environment and human health. Yet, despite its declared successes, the Commission seeks to revise the directive to reduce the high administrative costs as well as the complexity of certain provisions of the law.

Specifically, the Commission seeks to address:

  • The overly complex rules of the exemption provisions
  • Issues related to the application of the exemption criteria
  • Deadlines and duration of the exemption process
  • Delays related to the national transposition process in the EU, and
  • The high administrative costs associated with the rule

The public comment period is currently underway and is expected to end on June 2 this year. For more information, contact AEM Director of Global Standards and Compliance Jason Malcore at [email protected]or sign up to participate alongside AEM Regulatory Compliance Steering Committee.

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