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The recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 1 July 2011 and entered into force on 21 July 2011. It repealled RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC as amended on 3 January 2013.

The recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU entered into force on 28 June 2011, draws its scope from the categories laid out in Annex 1 of the Directive.

The Directive repeals RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC and is transposed into UK law under statutory instrument UK 2012 No. 3032.


The RoHS Directive 2012/65/EU was amended as follows:

Commission Delegated Directive 2012/50/EU of 10 October 2012 amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for applications containing lead

Commission Delegated Directive 2012/51/EU of 10 October 2012 amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for applications containing cadmium


Article 7 of the recast RoHS Directive references Commission Decision 768/2008/EC with regard to technical documentation.

Article 14 of the recast RoHS Directive references Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 with regard to CE marking.

More information on CE Marking can also be downloaded from the BIS website.


Publication of the Directive in the Official Journal of the European Union follows adoption of the text by the European Council on 27 May 2011.

Read the European Council press statement (27 May 2011) regarding the revised RoHS Directive.

Read the RoHS Recast text as outlined in the European Council press statement (27 May 2011).

Read the RoHS Recast corrigendum as outlined in the European Council press statement (27 May 2011).

Read the RoHS Recast addendum as outlined in the European Council press statement (27 May 2011).

Government guidance   and Commission FAQs have been produced to help explain the requirements of the legislation.

The European Commission website has a wealth of information on RoHS and WEEE and has also produced the Blue Guide which is intended to contribute to better understanding of Directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach, and to their more uniform and coherent application across different sectors and throughout the Single Market.

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