LONDON The European Commission is aiming to simplify the RoHS and WEEE Directives in 2008 to make the legislation less burdensome, easier to apply and thereby more effective in achieving its goals.
Research teams from Arcadis ECOLAS (Antwerp, Belgium) and Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd (Loddon, England) have been contracted by the EC to conduct a 'Study on Directives 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)'.
A complex questionnaire was issued earlier this year but a simplified version has now been developed which can be split into a RoHS and a WEEE part.
The study on RoHS consists mainly of an analysis of the economic and environmental impacts of the RoHS Directive (cost-benefit analysis). Relevant topics are resource costs and staffing requirements of communication, monitoring and review, exemption procedures and enforcement.
The study on WEEE mainly assesses impacts on innovation and competition and is directed only to Lithuania, Germany, U.K., Ireland and Belgium.
The focus of the study includes a number of product groups: refrigerators, PC and laptop (including. spare parts), printers and copiers, cellphones, television sets, clocks and watches, fluorescent lamps (straight and compact), lawn mowers and gardening equipment, video games, dispensers for hot and cold beverages. However, information on other product groups regarding RoHS compliance will also be incorporated in the report.
There is a questionnaire designed for individual companies – download it here.Experience with the first version of the questionnaire showed that the non-disclosure agreement (download example here) was considered very useful. Companies can use of it or adapt it for use.
Completed questionnaires should be sent to: Sarah Bogaert by September 30, 2007.