Consultation on proposed amendments to regulations on the use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Closed 4 Dec 2018

Opened 6 Nov 2018


Seeking views on updating the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment regulations to bring the amended EU directive 2017/2102 into UK law.

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Why your views matter

We want to know what you think about our planned approach for transposing EU directive 2017/2012 into UK law.  The UK has implemented the RoHS 2 Directive through the RoHS Regulations 2012. We have produced an assessment of costs and benefits set out in the Regulatory Triage Assessment published alongside this consultation. RoHS 2 and its amending Directives are “Single Market” measures, giving Member States very little flexibility around transposition. Our approach is to use section 2(2) European Communities Act 1972 to make the amending SI, Lay the Regs on 04/03/2019 so that the Regs are in force from 29/03/2019 and amendments to come in scope from July 2019. The change will correct some unintended consequences of widening the definition of electrical and electronic equipment products. In particular, the change will stop the restriction on the resale and repair of old equipment and clarify issues concerning product scope. Everyone is welcome to reply to this consultation including public bodies, Non-Governmental organisations, retail industry, EEE manufacturers, trade representatives, wholesalers, environmental groups, electrical repair and re-use organisations, waste management organisations, and members of the public.


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Local Authorities
  • Consumer Groups
  • WEEE Treatment Facilities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Electrical re-use organisations
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Retail Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Member of the General Public
  • Public Bodies


  • Waste and recycling
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Retailers