This information is being provided in an effort to assist Motor Technology’s customers who are investigating the impact of Europe’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives on their business.
The directives referred to in this statement are Directive 2002/96/EC dated 1/27/03 (WEEE) and Directive 2002/95/EC dated 1/27/03 (RoHS).
This information is based on our current understanding. It is the responsibility of the customer to determine how the RoHS and WEEE directives apply to their own products. Contact us at RoHS@motec.co.uk if you have questions.
In an effort to improve waste management in the European Union, the European Union has enacted a Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive).
According to the WEEE Directive, Motor Technology must take back waste electrical or electronic equipment covered under the WEEE Directive, for all product it puts on the market after 13 August 2005.
Products entitled to free take-back are:
- Labelled with the WEEE label on the product or packaging shown at right; or
- Un-labelled, historical waste if customers are replacing product with new product of a like kind.
The returns process:
- Customer contacts Motor Technology Ltd for a RMA.
- Upon completion of RMA, Customer sends product using the address provided by Motor Technology.
- All products must have accompanying RMA to be accepted with the RMA documentation affixed to outside of the package.
- Customer is responsible for all freight and applicable customs duties – COD shipments will not be accepted.
The RoHS directive calls for restricting or eliminating the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers in electrical and electronic equipment. All but 2 of the 10 product categories defined in WEEE must comply with the RoHS directive. The exceptions are “Medical Devices” and “Monitoring and Control Instruments,” and a general exception for products used by the military or for homeland defence.
It has been determined that all electrical or electronic products offered by Motor Technology are classified as “Monitoring and Control Instruments,” and are currently not subject to the RoHS directive. The exemption of Motor Technology’s products from the RoHS directive extends only to products that we are recognised agents/distributors for. Despite our current exempt status we are, together with our suppliers, actively moving towards RoHS compliance.
NOTE: At present, RoHS is not applicable to mechanical products.
For more detailed information on the RoHS directive, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rohs-compliance-and-guidance
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