Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Regulations 2012 could affect your business if you:
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:
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
If you put goods covered by RoHS onto the EU market, they must not contain more than the allowed levels of certain hazardous substances.
The RoHS Regulations do not apply to some EEE equipment, including:
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:
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.
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.
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