Decision amending directive 2002/95/EC for the purposes of establishing maximum concentration values for certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

Published: 19 May 2004

Policies & Issues: Environment

Orgalime letter to Mr Mingasson, Director General of DG Enterprise

In a political letter, Orgalime expressed its concerns in the context of establishing maximum concentration values for certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment requires that electronic products put on the EU market after 1 July 2006 should not contain lead and other specified hazardous substances. The RoHS directive also foresees that there should be maximum concentration values up to which the presence of these substances shall be tolerated.

Orgalime believes that it is of utmost importance to define these tolerated maximum concentration values at an adequate level and to comprehensively deal with two further issues in this context: the definition of "homogeneous material" and the rejection of unclear criteria such as "impurities that are (un-)intentionally added".

References: 2002/95/EC

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