Electric and electronic equipment - RoHS

The RoHS Directive aims to reduce the risks to human health and the environment by replacing and restricting hazardous chemical substances in electric and electronic equipment. The Directive also aims to improve the prospects of cost-effective and sustainable recycling of material waste from electronic and electronic equipment.

RoHS = Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Consolidated Directive 2011/65 - (RoHS 2)

Directive 2011/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (revision)external link, opens in new window

(last consolidated on 1 September 2020)


Basic directive, all versions and amendments are available in EUR-Lexexternal link

Consolidated Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE)

European Parliament and Council Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipmentexternal link


Basic Directive, all versions and amendments are available in EUR-Lexexternal link

Clarification of the different directives

Directive 2011/65/EU, RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) has replaced the original Directive (2002/95/EG) dating from 2002, and contains several amendments and extensions to products groups, exemptions and CE marks. The previous Directive still applies to products released on the market before the new Directive came into force.

The previous Directive had the same area of application as the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC), which concerns waste in the form of or containing electric or electronic equipment. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agencyexternal link is the competent authority for implementing this Directive.

Last published 14 September 2020