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On 21 June, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Council agreed on proposed amendments to the RoHS Directive. These amendments will permit secondary market operations, such as reselling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and spare parts containing prohibited substances beyond the current 2019 deadline, in order to promote a circular economy by facilitating the reuse and recycling of spare parts.
Both the Council and the European Parliament are in favor of the Commission’s approach not to widen the scope of the revision and to leave, as scheduled, the general review of the Directive for 2021. The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers are expected to formally vote on the proposed changes at the plenary session from 2-5 October.
IPC will continue to monitor this issue and will post updates as they become available.