Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Businesses affected by the RoHS Regulations

Who is affected by the RoHS directive

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Regulations 2012 could affect your business if you:

  • manufacture electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
  • import new EEE into the European Union (EU)
  • distribute new EEE in the EU

Equipment covered by RoHS

The RoHS regulations apply to EEE equipment for use with a voltage of up to 1,000 volts AC or 1,500 volts DC, placed on the market on or after 2 January 2013, in the following groups:

  • large household appliances, eg fridges, radiators and air conditioning appliances
  • small household appliances, eg sewing machines, toasters and clocks
  • IT and telecommunications equipment, eg computers and their accessories, calculators and phones
  • consumer equipment, eg TVs, radios and musical instruments
  • lighting equipment, eg lamps, electric light bulbs and luminaires
  • electrical and electronic tools, eg drills, welding equipment and lawnmowers (except large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  • toys, leisure and sports equipment, eg electric train sets, video games and slot machines
  • automatic dispensers, eg drinks, food and money dispensers
  • from 23 July 2019 any products in the categories above that were not covered by the RoHS Regulations 2008
  • from 22 July 2016, in vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • from 22 July 2014, other medical devices, eg radiotherapy equipment, dialysis equipment and specialist medical freezers and refrigerators
  • from 22 July 2017, industrial monitoring and control instruments,
  • from 22 July 2014: other monitoring and control instruments, eg smoke detectors, heating regulators and other domestic and laboratory measuring devices.
  • from 23 July 2019, two wheeled electric vehicles which are not type approved
  • from 23 July 2019, all other EEE products not covered by any of the categories above, except those that are specifically exempted

For EEE first placed on the market between 1 July 2006 and 2 January 2013, the requirements from RoHS Regulations 2008, as amended. For guidance about those see RoHS Regulations Government Guidance Notes URN 11/526

RoHS Regulations Government Guidance Notes URN 11/526

If you put goods covered by RoHS onto the EU market, they must not contain more than the allowed levels of certain hazardous substances.

Equipment not covered by RoHS

The RoHS Regulations do not apply to some EEE equipment, including:

  • arms, munitions and war material intended for military purposes;
  • equipment designed to be sent into space;
  • equipment to be installed as part of another type of equipment to which the RoHS Regulations do not apply, and which can be replaced only by the same specifically designed equipment;
  • large-scale stationary industrial tools;
  • large-scale fixed installations;
  • means of transport for persons or goods (excluding electric two-wheeled vehicles which are not type-approved);
  • non-road mobile machinery made available exclusively for professional use;
  • active implantable medical devices;
  • some photovoltaic panels for permanent use at a defined location ;
  • equipment for research and development only made available on a business-to-business basis.

In addition, there are a number of other cases (exemptions) where the regulations do not apply. These exemptions are listed in Annexes III and IV of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and you can find them also in the National Measurement Office (NMO) RoHS guidance:

GOV.UK:Compliance and guidance on exemptions

The lists will be updated from time to time. You can apply for the inclusion of additional exemptions from the regulations.according to Article 5 and Annex V of the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.

Finding out if RoHS applies to your EE

There are cases where it may not be clear to you if a certain EE is covered by RoHS or not. For those cases see the FAQ document for RoHS 2, from the European Commission.

European commission - ROHS 2 FAQ guidance

Further information

GOV.UK: RoHS Guidance

Government guidance notes for RoHS 2

In this Guideline

Businesses affected by the RoHS Regulations

How to comply with the RoHS Regulations

How the RoHS Regulations are enforced

RoHS legislation

Environmental News Blog

NetRegs on NetRegs on youTube

View our latest videos & subscribe to our channel.

NetRegs Update Newsletter

Free monthly email newsletter with environmental updates for Northern Ireland and Scotland

Sign up for free today!


NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms