The European Commission has opened (to 6 December 2019) a public consultation on “evaluation of restrictions” on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC). The RoHS Directive currently restricts (effectively bans or limits) the use of ten substances, including two classes of brominated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs). The consultation includes general opinion questions (importance attached to hazardous substances, willingness to pay higher prices, importance attached to repair of appliances rather than new buy, benefits of the RoHS Directive for society …) and industry orientated questions (costs of RoHS compliance, overlaps with other legislation …). The consultation also asks whether respondents consider that new substances should be added to the RoHS Directive with the possibility to propose substances (Q45).
EU RoHS Directive consultation
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