Better Regulation – fact or fiction? WEEE/RoHS recast far from satisfactory

It seems that industry concerns have been largely ignored as the proposals for the recast of WEEE and RoHS have been launched. At this time when our industries are appealing to avoid further financial and administrative burdens, the Commission has chosen to largely disregard its own Better Regulation policies. The recasts propose: for WEEE, to overhaul existing WEEE management structures in which industry has invested substantially and for RoHS an obvious overlap with REACH.


“European manufacturers need the EU institutions, during this particularly difficult economic period, to urgently identify the shortcomings in the proposals and remind the European Commission of its obligations. For WEEE, these are particularly evident in the areas of financing, collection rate, scope, legal base & registration. For RoHS, better consistency with REACH and alignment with the New Legislative Framework is necessary”, said Adrian Harris, Secretary General of Orgalime, “It is particularly vital that any revision of the RoHS directive fully implements all REACH criteria and procedural elements for establishing any further substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment.”

Published
5 July, 2009
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