In 2003, the EU brought into force, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). This directive aims at promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment, for example offering schemes in which consumers can return their EEE waste without cost, and ensures the free movement of EEE throughout the EU by creating a common basis for restrictions and exemptions.

Alongside lead, mercury, cadmium and others, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are listed as restricted substances. BSEF and its members disagree that these substance hinder environmentally sound treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) .

BSEF actively engages with the European Commission and other stakeholders on RoHS assessments of brominated substances used in electrical and electronic equipment. BSEF also contributes to discussions on further improvements to the the directive and the RoHS processes.

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