Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment - Directive 2012/19/EU

Reduce the creation of electrical and electronic waste

Reduce the creation of electrical and electronic waste

Ensure your disposal methods meet Eu compliance and regulatory requirements

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) represents one of the fastest growing source of waste in the environment. This waste often contains hazardous substances that can contribute to land contamination, land water pollution and health risks for consumers. Originally issued in 2003, the EU Directive 2002/96/EC, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was implemented to reduce electrical and electronic waste and to encourage the recovery, reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic products. The Directive was update in 2012 as the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU.

WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU

WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU

The WEEE II Directive regulates how products are managed at the end of their lifecycle and encourages recycling and reuse in accordance with EU Directive 2012/19/EC. The Directive requires manufacturers to transition to an open scope and sets progressively increasing recovery and recycling targets for all categories of EEE.

Recycling, as differentiated from recovery in Directive 2008/98/EC, is a new challenge for manufacturers. The Directive places the obligation of recycling of products upon manufacturers.

WEEE II also introduces a harmonized registration from and system, and requires manufacturers to appoint an authorized representative in each EU member state. Manufacturers are required to establish processes and systems to ensure the safe and effective collection and recovery of most electrical and electronic waste. The legislation covers everything from household appliances, to IT equipment and medical devices

Our WEEE II Directive compliance services

As an internationally renowned testing and certification provider, TÜV SÜD has strong working relationships with regulators and national certification bodies in the EU. We offer a single-source solution for manufacturers seeking European market access, assisting clients to achieve compliance with various European regulations and directives.

  • Material/composition determination – TÜV SÜD assists producers in establishing the material/composition declaration of EEE products through a database comprising the listed product components together with their weights and component materials, as required for producer registration.
  • WEEE II compliance and registration requirements evaluation – our experts evaluate products to verify whether they fall under the remit of WEEE II. After checking the manufacturer specifications, data and documentation, and material components, we also assist in constructing a bill of materials component list. 
  • Registration assistance – manufacturers and importers of EEE goods need to register in every member state of the EU where products are intended for sale. TÜV SÜD assists clients to register as a WEEE II producer with an approved producer compliance scheme in all relevant EU states.

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