Suggestions to improve the wording of the RoHS FAQ in relation to the application of the New Legislative Framework

Published: 26 April 2012

Policies & Issues: Environment

The Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) was aligned with the New Legislative Framework (NLF) following its revision on 8 June 2011.  It therefore clarifies the requirements applying on the different economic operators, including compliance requirements of manufacturers with CE marking and technical documentation and verification requirements of subsequent actors in the supply chain.

The European Commission has recently launched the revision of the Frequently Asked Questions on RoHS (2005) which, among other issues, address questions relevant to the fulfilment of obligations deriving from the New Legislative Framework.

Orgalime urges the European Commission to align as much as possible the interpretation of NLF provisions in the FAQ on RoHS with the interpretation given in the 'Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach', known as the “Blue Guide”.

We fear that diverging interpretations will only create additional administrative burden and confusion for compliant economic operators, while opening up opportunities for rogue traders to exploit these divergences in interpretation.

Related Position Papers

Green Transition: Joint Business statement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) [30 May 2023]

Green Transition: Joint Business Statement on the due diligence proposal (CS3D) [19 January 2023]

Environment: Orgalim preliminary key messages for the upcoming revision of the EU Waste Framework Directive Orgalim [11 August 2022]

Environment: Position and recommendations from Europe’s technology industries on the proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation [1 June 2022]

Environment: Orgalim position paper on the upcoming revision of the RoHS Directive [31 May 2022]

Environment: Orgalim position on the upcoming revision of the REACH Regulation [13 April 2022]

Environment: Orgalim Position Paper on the “right to repair” [5 April 2022]

Environment: Orgalim Position Paper on the restriction of PFAS [27 January 2022]

Environment: Orgalim Position Paper on the draft French Decree on consumer information for waste-generating products [21 December 2021]