WEEE and RoHS Directives
(environmental compliance) Acronyms for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive.
Both WEEE and RoHS are European Union Directives aimed at restricting and reducing the environmental impact of electrical and electronic products.
WEEE (EU Directive 2002/96/EC) sets collection, recycling, and recovery targets for electrical goods.
RoHS (EU Directive 2005/618/EC) is closely linked to WEEE and restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in all electric and electronic equipment.
WEEE and RoHS ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl (PBDE). (PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in some plastics.)
Manufacturers, distributors, and individual sellers will need to understand the requirements of the WEEE/RoHS Directives to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. The WEEE and RoHS Directives are complex. For more information, go to the European Union website at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/index_en.htm.