Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations

The UK WEEE Regulations were first introduced in 2007 with the aim of reducing the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) going to landfill.

The WEEE Regulations were updated in 2013 to revoke the 2006 regulations, incorporating the recast Directive 2012/19/EU and aspects arising from the Red Tape Challenge government initiative. These regulations came into force on 1 January 2014.

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Valpak can help

We offer a range of services to help organisations with WEEE and RoHS compliance.

For more information please call 03450 682 572 or email us at info@valpak.co.uk

FAQs

Your business is affected if it:

  • Imports EEE and places it onto the UK market
  • Manufactures EEE and places it onto the UK market
  • Sells own brand EEE products
  • Sells or supply (including free of charge) EEE to household or business consumers

Visit our WEEE compliance web page for further information and to find out how we can help your business to comply.

Links to the Regulations

(The link to the Directive directs you to the page on Eur Lex; however, to ensure that you fulfil all requirements please ensure you also take account of the “Relationship between documents” section and in particular the “Amended by” sub-section which can be found by ensuring you are using the “Document information” tab (at the top of the page) and scrolling down.)

A producer which places electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) onto the market in an EU Member State must comply with the regulations under the Directive in that country.

A producer, which is situated in an EU Member State other than the UK, that places over 5 tonnes of EEE onto the market in the UK must appoint an authorised representative or register with a compliance scheme, such as Valpak, in the UK to fulfil their obligations.

An overseas producer that places under 5 tonnes of EEE onto the market in the UK must appoint an authorised representative (AR) but can then register via the AR directly with the Environment Agency to fulfil their obligations.

Visit our Authorised Representative web page for more information.

Organisations will be affected by the RoHS Regulations if they do the following:

  • Manufacture electrical and electronic equipment
  • Import electrical and electronic equipment
  • Distribute electrical and electronic equipment

Visit our RoHS compliance web page for further information and to find out how we can help your business to comply.

Links to the Regulations

(The link to the Directive directs you to the page on Eur Lex, however to ensure that you fulfil all requirements
please ensure you also take account of the “Relationship between documents” section and in particular the
“Amended by” sub-section which can be found by ensuring you are using the “Document information” tab (at the
top of the page) and scrolling down.)

The restricted substances and the agreed limits are:

  • Lead (0.1% by weight)
  • Cadmium (0.01% by weight)
  • Mercury (0.1% by weight)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0.1% by weight)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1% by weight)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1% by weight)

Please note that 4 phthalates were added to the restricted substances from 22 July 2019 for all EEE and from
2021 for medical devices/ monitoring and control instruments these include:

  • bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0.1% by weight)
  • butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0.1% by weight)
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0.1% by weight)
  • diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0.1% by weight)

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