Restriction of Hazardous Substances (Recast)

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The European Union adopted the Directive 2011/65/EU on June 8, 2011. This directive updates the original Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. What you need to know:

New categories medical devices, monitoring an dcontrol instruments, and all other equipment that is not covered by current categories or explicitly excluded.

  1. Small household appliances.
  2. IT and telecommunications equipment.
  3. Consumer equipment.
  4. Lighting equipment.
  5. Electrical and electronic tools.
  6. Toys, leisure and sports equipment.
  7. Medical devices.
  8. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments.
  9. Automatic dispensers.
  10. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.


  • Military equipment
  • Space equipment
  • Equipment designed to form part of other equipment not within scope
  • Large scale industrial tools (LSIT)
  • Large scale fixed installations
  • Means of transport
  • Non-road mobile machinery
  • Active implantable medical devices
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • Equipment for R&D only available business to business

No changes in current materials

    MaterialMaximum Concentration
    Lead (Pb)0.1%
    Mercury (Cd)0.1%
    Cadmium 0.01%
    Hexavalent chromium0.1%
    Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)0.1%
    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)0.1%

Dates for Compliance

  • July 22, 2014 Medical devices and monitoring and control instruments
  • July 22, 2016 In-Vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • July 22, 2017 Industrial monitoring and control instruments
  • July 22, 2019 Other EEE brought into scope and not falling within the above

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