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EC conducts study to simplify RoHS/WEEE directives

Posted: 03 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RoHS? Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment? waste management?

Seeking to simplify the RoHS and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives in 2008, the European Commission (EC) contacted research teams from Arcadis ECOLAS and Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd to conduct a study on both directives.

The move aims to make the legislation on RoHS and WEEE less burdensome, easier to apply and thereby more effective in achieving its goals.

A complex questionnaire was issued earlier this year but a simplified version has now been developed that can be split into the RoHS part and the WEEE part.

The study on RoHS consists mainly of an analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of the RoHS directive (cost-benefit analysis). Relevant topics are resource costs and staffing requirements of communication, monitoring and review, exemption procedures and enforcement.

The study on WEEE mainly assesses impacts on innovation and competition and is directed only at Lithuania, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium.

The focus of the study includes a number of product groups including refrigerators, PCs and laptops (including spare parts), printers and copiers, cellphones, TV sets, clocks and watches, fluorescent lamps (straight and compact), lawn mowers and gardening equipment, video games, and dispensers for hot and cold beverages. However, information on other product groups regarding RoHS compliance will also be incorporated in the report.

- Colin Holland
EE Times

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