Proposal for a Council Decision amending directive 2002/95/EC for the purposes of establishing maximum concentration values for certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)

Published: 11 October 2004

Policies & Issues: Environment

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 shall not contain lead and certain 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.

In order to ensure compliance with these requirements, companies will need to adapt the design of their products well in advance of the 1 July 2006 deadline. It is today, at the present time, that companies have to design, together with their suppliers in a highly complex supply chain environment, products, which will not be allowed to contain the substances in question. Therefore, companies urgently need clarity on the levels of tolerated maximum concentration values. This will also be of utmost importance for member states to ensure proper market control.

References: COM (2004) 606 final

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