European Union Commission Requests Feedback on Regulatory Impacts

European Union Commission Requests Feedback on Regulatory Impacts

The European Union Commission is collecting feedback about restrictions on hazardous substances in electrical/electronic equipment (EEE) via an online survey. The online survey is open until October 12, 2018.

The survey asks respondents to evaluate the impact of regulatory restrictions of hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, this covers both the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, and the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, as well as efforts towards a circular economy.

This initial survey is part of the roadmap feedback stage of a larger set of public consultations.. A further public consultation will take place in the spring of 2019, followed by targeted interviews and a stakeholder conference toward the end of 2019.  The long-term plan will see the EU Commission report the findings of the series of public consultations to the European Parliament and Council of Ministers by July 2021

The public consultation and final report will aim to answer questions such as:

  • To what extent have the RoHS objectives been achieved?
  • Are the costs of RoHS justified, given the benefits delivered?
  • To what extent do the objectives of RoHS correspond to the needs of the EU?
  • Has RoHS been flexible enough to respond to new issues?
  • To what extent is RoHS coherent with other EU environmental policy objectives, in particular relating to circular economy policies covering waste management, the use of chemicals and product design?

The goal of the RoHS Directive is to regulate the use of substances that can cause harm to human health and the environment, while WEEE and EU circular economy initiatives target waste collection and recycling activities. The report will focus on the impacts of RoHS in the EU, and evaluate how RoHS interacts with these other policy objectives.

When RoHS came into effect in 2011, it focused on six restricted substances. This is due to change in July 2019 when an additional four substances join the restricted list.

Any company that manufactures, sells, resells, imports or exports EEE into the EU is in scope of RoHS. Assent’s Product Compliance Suite can help companies collect supply chain data and ensure compliance with the RoHS Directive, among other regulations.

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