This directive prohibits sales of any new electrical and electronic equipment in scope of the Directive, containing more than the allowable levels of the restricted substances and maximum concentration values according to Annex II of the Directive.
WEEEThe purpose of this Directive is, the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment, and in addition, the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes so as to reduce the disposal of waste.
It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. producers, distributors and consumers and in particular those operators directly involved in the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
REACHREACH, the EU Regulation 1907/2006/EC regarding chemicals, is intended to replace a large number of existing directives and regulations, which have developed historically. REACH came into force on 1st June 2007.
In the past the authorities have evaluated and eventually restricted the use of certain chemicals when risks were found. Under REACH a significant part of the responsibilities has been shifted to manufacturers and importers, either of chemicals on their own and preparations, as well as articles.