EU Commission proposes changes to scope of RoHS2

The European Commission has published an outline of its plans to amend the scope of the Directive on the restriction of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The changes are deemed necessary to tackle several unintended consequences of the revision of RoHS2, which was adopted in 2011. These include: the resale of equipment, which came into the scope of the directive in 2011 – the current wording of RoHS2 would effectively ban the sale of refurbished equipment in 2019; and the provision of spare parts to repair products, newly in scope of RoHS2. Medical devices are among the product categories affected. A third issue relates specifically to pipe organs, which contain lead alloy. The Commission’s plans – laid out in an inception impact assessment – include a preliminary analysis of the three areas of concern, references to several studies carried out between 2012 and 2014, and some policy options. These options include: modifying the 2019 deadline for the resale of refurbished goods; specific provisions for spare parts of products newly in scope of RoHS; and an exclusion from the directive for pipe organs. A full impact assessment is currently being finalised and, based on its outcomes, a legislative proposal is scheduled for adoption by mid-year.

Chemical Watch, 27 January 2016 ; ;