(4) Opinion of the European Parliament of 15 May 2001 (OJ C 34 E,
7.2.2002, p. 109), Council Common Position of 4 December 2001
(OJ C 90 E, 16.4.2002, p. 12) and Decision of the European Parliament
of 10 April 2002 (not yet published in the Official Journal).
Decision of the European Parliament of 18 December 2002 and
Decision of the Council of 16 December 2002.
(5) OJ C 30, 4.2.1988, p. 1. (6) See page 24 of this Official Journal.
human and animal health and the environment, having
regard to the risks which the absence of measures would
be likely to create in the Community. The measures
should be kept under review and, if necessary, adjusted
to take account of available technical and scientific information.
(9) This Directive should apply without prejudice to Community legislation on safety
and health requirements and specific Community waste management legislation, in
particular Council Directive 91/157/EEC of 18 March 1991 on batteries and accumulators
containing certain dangerous substances (1).
(10) The technical development of electrical and electronic equipment without heavy
metals, PBDE and PBB should be taken into account. As soon as scientific evidence is
available and taking into account the precautionary principle, the prohibition of
other hazardous substances and their substitution by more environmentally friendly
alternatives which ensure at least the same level of protection of consumers should
(11) Exemptions from the substitution requirement should be permitted if substitution
is not possible from the scientific and technical point of view or if the negative
environmental or health impacts caused by substitution are likely to outweigh the human
and environmental benefits of the substitution. Substitution of the hazardous
substances in electrical and electronic equipment should also be carried out in a way so
as to be compatible with the health and safety of users of electrical and electronic
(12) As product reuse, refurbishment and extension of lifetime
are beneficial, spare parts need to be available.
(13) The adaptation to scientific and technical progress of the
exemptions from the requirements concerning phasing
out and prohibition of hazardous substances should be
effected by the Commission under a committee procedure.
(14) The measures necessary for the implementation of this
Directive should be adopted in accordance with Council
Decision 1999/468/EC of 28 June 1999 laying down
the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers
conferred on the Commission (2), HAVE ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:
The purpose of this Directive is to approximate the laws of the
Member States on the restrictions of the use of hazardous
substances in electrical and electronic equipment and to contribute
to the protection of human health and the environmentally
sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic
1. Without prejudice to Article 6, this Directive shall apply to electrical and
electronic equipment falling under the categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 set
out in Annex IA to Directive No 2002/96/EC (WEEE) and to electric light bulbs, and
luminaires in households.
2. This Directive shall apply without prejudice to Community
legislation on safety and health requirements and specific
Community waste management legislation.
3. This Directive does not apply to spare parts for the repair,
or to the reuse, of electrical and electronic equipment put on
the market before 1 July 2006.
For the purposes of this Directive, the following definitions
(a) ‘electrical and electronic equipment’ or ‘EEE’ means equipment
which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic
fields in order to work properly and equipment
for the generation, transfer and measurement of such
currents and fields falling under the categories set out in
Annex IA to Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE) and designed
for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1 000 volts for
alternating current and 1 500 volts for direct current;
(b) ‘producer’ means any person who, irrespective of the selling
technique used, including by means of distance communication
according to Directive 97/7/EC of the European
Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 1997 on the
protection of consumers in respect of distance contracts (3):
(i) manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment
under his own brand;
(ii) resells under his own brand equipment produced by
other suppliers, a reseller not being regarded as the
‘producer’ if the brand of the producer appears on the
equipment, as provided for in subpoint (i); or
(iii) imports or exports electrical and electronic equipment
on a professional basis into a Member State.
Whoever exclusively provides financing under or pursuant to
any finance agreement shall not be deemed a ‘producer’ unless
he also acts as a producer within the meaning of subpoints (i)
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(1) OJ L 78, 26.3.1991, p. 38. Directive as amended by Commission
Directive 98/101/EC (OJ L 1, 5.1.1999, p. 1).
(2) OJ L 184, 17.7.1999, p. 23.
(3) OJ L 144, 4.6.1997, p. 19. Directive as amended by Directive
2002/65/EC (L 271, 9.10.2002, p. 16).
1. Member States shall ensure that, from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic
equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent
chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
National measures restricting or prohibiting the use of these substances in
electrical and electronic equipment which were adopted in line with Community
legislation before the adoption of this Directive may be maintained until 1 July 2006.
2. Paragraph 1 shall not apply to the applications listed in
3. On the basis of a proposal from the Commission, the European Parliament and the
Council shall decide, as soon as scientific evidence is available, and in accordance
with the principles on chemicals policy as laid down in the Sixth Community
Environment Action Programme, on the prohibition of other hazardous substances and
the substitution thereof by more environment-friendly alternatives which ensure at least
the same level of protection for consumers.
Adaptation to scientific and technical progress
1. Any amendments which are necessary in order to adapt
the Annex to scientific and technical progress for the following
purposes shall be adopted in accordance with the procedure
referred to in Article 7(2):
(a) establishing, as necessary, maximum concentration values
up to which the presence of the substances referred to in
Article 4(1) in specific materials and components of electrical
and electronic equipment shall be tolerated;
(b) exempting materials and components of electrical and electronic
equipment from Article 4(1) if their elimination or
substitution via design changes or materials and components
which do not require any of the materials or
substances referred to therein is technically or scientifically
impracticable, or where the negative environmental, health
and/or consumer safety impacts caused by substitution are
likely to outweigh the environmental, health and/or
consumer safety benefits thereof;
(c) carrying out a review of each exemption in the Annex at least every four years
or four years after an item is added to the list with the aim of considering deletion
of materials and components of electrical and electronic equipment from the Annex if
their elimination or substitution via design changes or materials and components which
do not require any of the materials or substances referred to in Article 4(1) is
technically or scientifically possible, provided that the negative environmental, health
and/or consumer safety impacts caused by substitution do not outweigh the possible
environmental, health and/or consumer safety benefits thereof.
2. Before the Annex is amended pursuant to paragraph 1, the Commission shall inter
alia consult producers of electrical and electronic equipment, recyclers, treatment
operators, environmental organisations and employee and consumer associations.
Comments shall be forwarded to the Committee referred to in Article 7(1). The
Commission shall provide an account of the information it receives.
Before 13 February 2005, the Commission shall review the measures provided for
in this Directive to take into account, as necessary, new scientific evidence.
In particular the Commission shall, by that date, present proposals for including
in the scope of this Directive equipment which falls under categories 8 and 9 set
out in Annex IA to Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE).
The Commission shall also study the need to adapt the list of
substances of Article 4(1), on the basis of scientific facts and
taking the precautionary principle into account, and present
proposals to the European Parliament and Council for such
adaptations, if appropriate.
Particular attention shall be paid during the review to the impact on the
environment and on human health of other hazardous substances and materials
used in electrical and electronic equipment. The Commission shall examine the
feasibility of replacing such substances and materials and shall present proposals
to the European Parliament and to the Council in order to extend the scope of
Article 4, as appropriate.
1. The Commission shall be assisted by the Committee set
up by Article 18 of Council Directive 75/442/EEC (1).
2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Articles 5 and 7 of Decision
1999/468/EC shall apply, having regard to Article 8 thereof. The period provided
for in Article 5(6) of Decision 1999/468/ EC shall be set at three months.
3. The Committee shall adopt its rules of procedure. 13.2.2003 EN Official Journal
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Member States shall determine penalties applicable to breaches
of the national provisions adopted pursuant to this Directive.
The penalties thus provided for shall be effective, proportionate
1. Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative
provisions necessary to comply with this Directive before 13 August 2004. They
shall immediately inform the Commission thereof. When Member States adopt those
measures, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such
a reference on the occasion of their official publication. The methods of making such
a reference shall be laid down by the Member States.
2. Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of all laws,
regulations and administrative provisions adopted in the field covered by this Directive.
Entry into force
This Directive shall enter into force on the day of its publication
in the Official Journal of the European Union.
This Directive is addressed to the Member States.
Done at Brussels, 27 January 2003.
For the European Parliament
For the Council
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Applications of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, which are exempted
from the requirements of Article 4(1)
1. Mercury in compact fluorescent lamps not exceeding 5 mg per lamp.
2. Mercury in straight fluorescent lamps for general purposes not exceeding:
— halophosphate 10 mg
— triphosphate with normal lifetime 5 mg
— triphosphate with long lifetime 8 mg.
3. Mercury in straight fluorescent lamps for special purposes.
4. Mercury in other lamps not specifically mentioned in this Annex.
5. Lead in glass of cathode ray tubes, electronic components and fluorescent tubes.
6. Lead as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight, aluminium
containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4 %