Frequently Asked Questions on Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

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The pur­pose of this Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions (FAQ) doc­u­ment is to cla­ri­fy cer­tain aspects of Dir­ect­ive 2012/19/EU (here­after referred to as the “Dir­ect­ive”), which entered into force on 13 August 2012 and which Mem­ber States were required to trans­pose into nation­al law by 14 Feb­ru­ary 2014. At that time, Dir­ect­ive 2002/96/EC (the “old WEEE Dir­ect­ive”) was repealed. The doc­u­ment is prin­cip­ally inten­ded to help com­pet­ent pub­lic author­it­ies and eco­nom­ic oper­at­ors inter­pret the pro­vi­sions of the Dir­ect­ive in order to ensure com­pli­ance with the Directive’s require­ments. How­ever, the Dir­ect­ive being addressed only to the Mem­ber States, the rights and oblig­a­tions for private parties exclus­ively flow from the meas­ures enacted by the author­it­ies of the Mem­ber States to imple­ment it.

Author: Doug Nix

Doug Nix is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Compliance InSight Consulting, Inc. ( in Kitchener, Ontario, and is Lead Author and Senior Editor of the Machinery Safety 101 blog. Doug's work includes teaching machinery risk assessment techniques privately and through Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Kitchener, Ontario, as well as providing technical services and training programs to clients related to risk assessment, industrial machinery safety, safety-related control system integration and reliability, laser safety and regulatory conformity. For more see Doug's LinkedIn profile.