European Directives

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The European Communities objects on environment are to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment. The objective of the WEEE directive is the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment and in addition the reuse, recovery and recycling of such waste to reduce disposal of waste. This Direct is to be transposed to UK law by 2004. A draft statute is available from the DTI.

Implementation of the directive

Restrictions on use of certain substances hazardous to health (RoHS)

In parallel to the WEEE directive the European Commission has produced a directive to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This is being transposed to UK law through a statutory instrument published by the DTI.

Directive 2002/95/EC

Statutory Instrument RoHS

DTI guidance

Low Voltage Directive

The LVD Directive was one of the first new approach directives. It harmonises electrical safety standards between member states.

Electrical Equipment (implementing the Low Voltage Directive)

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

A new approach directive to harmonise standards and to electrical and electronic equipment as so constructed that electromagnetic emission do not exceed a level and that they have a level intrinsic immunity to electromagnetic disturbance.

EMC Regulations

Machinery Directive

A new approach directive to ensure machinery and safety components meet essential health and safety requirements as set out in annex 1 of the directive.