A number of substantial changes are to be made to Directive 2002/95/EC, which should be recast in the interest of clarity. At June.8th 2011, the European Parliament and of the Council published 2011/65/EU and effected at July 1st 2011. Directive 2002/95/EC shall be replaced no later than January 3rd2013.
Categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) covered by this Directive:
1. Large household appliances.
2. Small household appliances.
3. IT and telecommunications equipment.
4. Consumer equipment.
5. Lighting equipment.
6. Electrical and electronic tools.
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment.
8. Medical devices.
9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments.
10. Automatic dispensers.
11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.
Restricted substances and maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials.
-Lead (0,1 %)
-Mercury (0,1 %)
-Cadmium (0,01 %)
-Hexavalent chromium (0,1 %)
-Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0,1 %)
-Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0,1 %)
In order to achieve the chosen level of protection of human health and the environment.
-Bis (2- ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
-Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
-Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
should be considered as a priority. With a view to further restrictions of substances, the Commission should re-investigate the substances that were subject to previous assessments, in accordance with the new criteria set out in this Directive as part of the first review.