LONDON The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) has been appointed as the enforcement body for the distributor obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations by the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“This agency has an important role to play in ensuring that distributors comply with their obligations under the WEEE Regulations. Free-riding will not be tolerated, and a robust process will be in place to serve notice and ultimately prosecute distributors who are unwilling to become compliant,” said Malcolm Wicks, The Science and Innovation Minister.
“From 1 July, this agency will also make sure that retailers and distributors of electrical equipment play their part in helping household users dispose of WEEE at the end of life, as well as market surveillance and inspections. “
Distributors, including distance sellers can either join the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) which supports a network of primarily local authority collection points where customers can return their waste electricals or they can allow customers to bring goods back to the store.
Distributors also have to make information available to consumers on how they can dispose of WEEE and the environmental benefits of doing so.
VCA, an executive agency of the Department for Transport, is the U.K.'s national approval authority for new road vehicles, agricultural tractors and off-road vehicles. In addition, VCA offer management system certification and training services against the requirements of ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001, QS-9000, ISO/TS 16949, EMAS and OHSAS 18001.
VCA provide expert international testing, training and certification services for vehicles, their systems and components.