EU RoHS - Formal Definition of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Question Posed:

How does the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) define Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in relation to IEC 62474?

Answer Provided:

IEC uses the same definition for EEE as the European Union (EU) does because the IEC 62474 standard is primarily based on Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) and Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH). EEE means equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1 000 volts for alternating current and 1 500 volts for direct current.

There are 11 categories of EEE for EU RoHS which include:

  1. Large household appliances
  2. Small household appliances
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment
  4. Consumer equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Electrical and electronic tools
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  8. Medical devices
  9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments
  10. Automatic dispensers
  11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above



***Article contents valid as of 2017-08-22

 See also: Determining if a Product is EEE and EU RoHS: Excluded EEE Categories Not in Scope.

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