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.

Consolidated Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE)

European Parliament and Council Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment External link.


Basic Directive, all versions and amendments are available in EUR-Lex External 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 Agency External link. is the competent authority for implementing this Directive.

Last published 13 June 2023