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WEEE Blog

30th August 2018

Cherry Whittaker

Providing you with the latest WEEE compliance developments and regulatory updates all in one place, to allow you to keep abreast of key industry changes in a quick and efficient manner.

WEEE Open Scope: An Update - August 2018

Posted: 30 August 2018

The Environment Agency intends to publish updated EEE Scope Guidance incorporating Open Scope in September. This will allow companies time to assess whether their products now fall under the scope of the WEEE Regulations ahead of the annual scheme re-registration period in November.

‘Open scope’ means a change to the legislation to make all electrical items in scope of the regulations from 2019 if they meet the below criteria and are not covered by a specific exemption. All producers will need to review the products they declare under the regulations to ensure they remain compliant in 2019.

There are still bits and pieces to be confirmed, but to avoid any further delay we have prepared a summary of what we know at this point in time.

What do we know?

The definition of EEE remains the same: ‘equipment which depends upon electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly’.

Some items will continue to be out of scope under an exemption or an exclusion, including but not limited to:

  • Products intended for military use or designed to be sent into space
  • Equipment designed and installed into another type of out of scope equipment e.g. a satnav wired into a boat
  • Filament bulbs
  • Large-scale stationary industrial tools or large-scale fixed installations (further detail on how to classify something as ‘large-scale’ will be provided by the Environment Agency which we will share on receipt)
  • Implantable medical devices or medical devices expected to be infective at end of life
  • Components and spare parts
  • Non-electrical accessories unless needed for the product to function as described in its product description

The current 14 categories of EEE are remaining the same. Newly in scope products will be assigned to one of these categories. B2C (household) category 5, lighting equipment, will not have an associated WEEE target in 2019 meaning producers will not be subject to having an obligation or recycling fees in this category until 2020. However, producers must declare their placed on the market tonnage in this category in 2019.

Which products will be coming into scope?

  • Household luminaires – decorative, novelty and solar-powered, to include the lamp shade when supplied with the luminaire
  • Lighting ceiling roses with flex and bulb holder
  • Plugs, sockets, switches and dimmers
  • Fuse boxes, circuit breakers, junction boxes – when supplied as finished products
  • Taps with additional safety features or sensors
  • Clothing where the electrical function is a fundamental feature e.g. t-shirt with heart rate monitor
  • Air conditioning units in a household or business system
  • Air filtering and extracting systems attached to or integrated into a building
  • Gas boilers

What is still to be confirmed?

There are still a few product types for which we are awaiting a final decision:

  • Furniture with additional features which require electricity to function
  • Mirrors with lights
  • CHIP and RFID cards
  • Stairlifts/ mobility scooters/ electric wheelchairs

Comply Direct is actively involved in Open Scope discussions with the Environment Agency and DEFRA and is on hand to support with any changes brought about through Open Scope. We will keep you updated as and when the Environment Agency releases further guidance.

The changes could be significant for you as a producer and so we would ask that you ensure you have factored in time for assessing whether your products will be impacted by the open scope change and that you keep up to date with our correspondence in regards to this. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are here to make sure this is a smooth transition for our producers.

PODCAST: WEEE Open Scope - What we know so far

Posted: 5 July 2018

We have received many queries from WEEE producers, both our members and non-members, about WEEE Open Scope, so during this podcast we're chatting about what we know so far (as of 5 July 2018), including an up-to-date overview of Open Scope and the effects it will have on the current WEEE Regulations once implemented.

WEEE Open Scope in Germany 

WEEE Open Scope in Germany will come into force on 15 August 2018 affecting companies selling electrical products into Germany. However, in the UK and other European countries it is not due to be implemented until January 2019. 

Businesses currently selling products with electrical functions into Germany may become obligated under the German WEEE Regulations who were not previously, due to expansion of the product scope. Businesses selling furniture and clothing with electrical components are two such examples.

To help you determine which category the electrical products you sell into Germany will fall into, view a category decision tree HERE.

Current WEEE producers who already comply with the German Regulations will need to register any additional products that are now in scope prior to 15 August. Companies who are becoming obligated for the first time will also need to register before this date.

Comply Direct have a dedicated international compliance team who can help with this, to ensure that obligated companies are compliant in Germany by handling the registration with the relevant authority and ensuring the correct data is submitted on time going forward. Read more about our international compliance service HERE.

New Environment Agency WEEE Charges Released for 2019

Posted: 21 March 2018

The outcome of the Environment Agency’s consultation on WEEE charges has been released (21 March 2018). WEEE producers, compliance schemes and AATFs will see changes from 2019.

Why the Change?

The overall aim of the consultation was to set charges in such a way that they ‘work better for businesses and the environment… and are financially stable’. A total of 813 responses to the consultation were received with a large number coming from businesses affected by the WEEE regulations.

The Impact

The stakeholders aforementioned will be affected by WEEE Open Scope as follows:

If you think you may be obligated by the current WEEE regulations or will be once Open Scope is implemented, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert WEEE team for further information. We will be able to advise if your company does have an obligation and outline the steps you need to take to ensure compliance. Call us on 01756 794 951 or email info@complydirect.com