With respect to its scope, the new WEEE Directive distinguishes between two main periods:
i. a transitional period (from 13 August 2012 until 14 August 2018) and
ii. an ‘open-scope’ period from 15 August 2018 onwards.
Because of the differentiation between the two periods, this FAQ document has two main sections:
1. The ‘General FAQ’-section that deals with:
a) general questions on the new WEEE Directive which are valid for both transitional and
b) questions concerning the scope of the new WEEE Directive during the ‘transitional period’
that – according to Article 2(a) – is the period from 13 August 2012 to 14 August 2018.
2. The ‘Open-scope’ period-section that deals with questions concerning the scope during the
period starting on 15 August 2018.