The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the RoHS Directive, which lays down the rules restricting certain uses of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

Currently, RoHS restricts the use of the following ten substances: Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

RoHS also provides for granting, renewing or revoking exemptions, as for some applications it may not be technically or scientifically feasible to substitute certain hazardous substances.

The Directive states that the Commission shall carry out a general review no later than 22 July 2021, in view of presenting a report to the European Parliament and Council and, if appropriate, a legislative proposal. The Commission shall also periodically review the list of restricted substances, the exemption methodology and the scope.

This public consultation aims to feed into the general review process by gathering stakeholders ‘views on the effectiveness and efficiency of the Directive – including the exemption methodology, assessing the synergies and consistency with other relevant EU legislation or initiatives, as well as considering circular economy aspects.

The consultation is open until 6 December 2019.

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