New European RoHS Directive

The European Commission has issued a new directive (EU 2017/2102) on Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which clarifies the requirements of the revised directive 2011/65/EU, (also known as the Recast EU RoHS directive or RoHS 2).

The new directive removes the requirements for “secondary market operations”, which involve repair, replacement of spare parts, refurbishment & reuse, and retrofitting of electrical/electronic equipment. It has apparently been found that such requirements would place an “unnecessary administrative burden” on secondary market operators within the given deadline of 22 July 2019 for compliance with the provisions of
RoHS 2.

Furthermore, the new directive excludes from the scope of RoHS 2 certain niche product types, which have apparently been found to bring “negligible environmental or health benefits”. These include pipes in organs using a specific type of lead-based alloy, for which no alternative is currently available, and non-road mobile machinery with an on-board power source intended only for use by professionals.
The deadline of 22 July 2019 applies also to the electrical and electronic equipment that was outside the initial European RoHS directive, 2002/95/EC.
The complete text of the new RoHS directive as published in European Commission’s Official Journal may be seen here.

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