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The European Commission (EC) has initiated an evaluation roadmap to assess the performance of the Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS), since its entry into force in 2011.

The evaluation will assess the following:

Effectiveness (e.g. To what extent have the RoHS objectives been achieved?)

  • Efficiency (e.g. To what extent are the costs justified, given the benefits RoHS has delivered?; How efficient has the exemption system from substance restrictions been?)
  • Relevance (e.g. To what extent do the objectives of RoHS correspond to the needs of the EU?; Has RoHS been flexible enough to respond to new issues?)
  • Coherence (e.g. To what extent is RoHS coherent with other EU environmental policy objectives, in particular relating to circular economy policy, covering waste management (e.g. Waste Framework Directive), the use of chemicals (e.g. REACH Regulation) as well as product design (e.g. Ecodesign)?)
  • EU added value (e.g. What is the added value resulting from RoHS compared to what is likely to have been achieved by the Member States in its absence?)

EC will be carrying both public and targeted consultations that include the following

  • A public consultation is planned to start in spring 2019 and will be accessible on the Commission’s website Have your Say for at least 12 weeks in English, French and German. Replies can be made in any of the 24 official EU languages.
  • Targeted interviews with Member States’ authorities and with key stakeholders will equally be undertaken.
  • A stakeholder conference in Q4 2019 will discuss conclusions emerging from the evaluation, lessons learned and potential policy options for the future.