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EU Regulations on WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)


Companies selling electrical and electronic goods in the European Union must conform to the EU legislation for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The two most important directives are:

Each directive imposes obligations and outcomes that the EU Member States must achieve. However, neither directive dictates how the Member States must fulfill their obligations. Therefore, when exporting to Europe, U.S. exporters need to be mindful that national rules for implementing each directive will differ from country to country.

WEEE and RoHS Directives are complex pieces of legislation that apply to a similar range of products.

To complement the information on this site, the U.S. Department of Commerce has published a report giving an overview of WEEE and RoHS. For a copy of the report, please send an email to our office. 

For further information about WEEE and/or RoHS, including country-specific requirements please send an email to our office. Please also feel free to contact the Commercial Service office in the country where you are seeking to do business.