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The RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023

Overview

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) regulations play a critical role in protecting human health and the environment by restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 have been introduced to amend Schedule A2 of the RoHS Regulations in England, Wales, and Scotland. These amendments involve the renewal or revocation of exemptions related to the use of mercury in various types of lighting, and aim to ensure the protection of human health and the environment while considering the availability of reliable and technically feasible substitutes for mercury.

The RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 were made on the 14th of June 2023 and came into force on the 17th of July 2023.

The RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 apply to the following countries:

  • United Kingdom; 
  • England; 
  • Scotland; 
  • Wales; and 
  • Northern Ireland. 

Do the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 affect my business?

The RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 have significant implications for businesses operating in the electrical and electronic equipment industry. Here are the key effects:

  • Compliance with Restricted Substances: The amended regulations reinforce the obligation for businesses to comply with the restrictions on hazardous substances, specifically mercury, in EEE. Manufacturers and distributors need to ensure that their products meet the revised requirements to avoid non-compliance and potential legal consequences.
  • Impact on Lighting Equipment Manufacturers: The amendments directly affect manufacturers of lighting equipment, as they involve the renewal or revocation of exemptions related to mercury use. Manufacturers relying on the exemptions being renewed will be able to continue using mercury in their lighting products, provided there are no feasible substitutes available. Conversely, manufacturers relying on exemptions being revoked will need to find reliable mercury-free alternatives for their lighting equipment.
  • Environmental Considerations: The amendments align with the objective of protecting the environment by reducing the use of hazardous substances. Revoking exemptions that have reliable and technically feasible mercury-free alternatives encourages businesses to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. This shift promotes the development and adoption of sustainable technologies and solutions within the electrical and electronic equipment sector.

It is crucial for businesses to stay informed about the specific amendments outlined in the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 and ensure compliance with the updated requirements. By adhering to these regulations, businesses can contribute to the protection of human health, environmental sustainability, and the overall safety of electrical and electronic equipment in the market.

By understanding and complying with these regulations, businesses can navigate the evolving landscape of environmental regulations, promote sustainable practices, and contribute to a safer and more environmentally friendly electrical and electronic equipment industry.

Do I need the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 in my ISO Compliance Register?

Various types of businesses may be impacted by the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023, including:

  • Lighting Equipment Manufacturers: Manufacturers producing lighting equipment, such as bulbs, lamps, and fixtures, need to closely follow the amended regulations. The renewal or revocation of exemptions related to mercury use in lighting equipment directly affects their production processes and material choices.
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Manufacturers: Businesses involved in the manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment, beyond lighting-specific products, should also pay attention to the amended regulations. While the focus is on lighting equipment, future amendments to the RoHS Regulations may impact other types of EEE as well.
  • Distributors and Retailers: Distributors and retailers of lighting and other electrical and electronic equipment play a role in ensuring compliance with the RoHS Regulations. They need to ensure that the products they distribute or sell meet the revised requirements, including restrictions on hazardous substances.

If your business falls under one or more of the categories mentioned above you will need to include the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 in your ISO Compliance Register.

Legislation related to the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023

Legislation related to the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 include:

  • The RoHS Regulations 2012
  • The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015
  • Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013

More information

Visit the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023 article on the legislation.gov.uk website.

Create an account in the ISO Compliance Register App and add this article (in which you will find the RoHS (Amendment) Regulations 2023) to your Register.