EU RoHS: Excluded EEE Categories Not in Scope

In general, the EU RoHS Directive applies to electric or electronic equipment (EEE). However, some specific categories of EEE are excluded from the directive, as outlined in EU RoHS article 2

  • Equipment that is necessary for the protection of the essential interests of the security of EU member states, including arms, munitions and war material intended for specifically military purposes.
  • Equipment designed to be sent into space.
  • Equipment that is specifically designed, and is to be installed, as part of another type of equipment that is excluded or does not fall within the scope of the EU RoHS Directive, which can fulfill its function only if it is part of that equipment, and which can be replaced only by the same specifically designed equipment.
  • Large-scale stationary industrial tools.
  • Large-scale fixed installations.
  • Means of transport for persons or goods, excluding electric two-wheel vehicles which are not type-approved.
  • Non-road mobile machinery made available exclusively for professional use.
  • Active implantable medical devices.
  • Photovoltaic panels intended to be used in a system that is designed, assembled and installed by professionals for permanent use at a defined location to produce energy from solar light for public, commercial, industrial and residential applications.
  • Equipment specifically designed solely for the purposes of research and development only made available on a business-to-business basis.

It is important to understand these exclusions only apply to EEE solely defined as these types or uses. Electric or electronic equipment with end uses on the exclusions list, but which can also be used in a manner outside of the exclusions, would still be in scope.

See also EU RoHS - Formal Definition of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and EU RoHS - Determining if a Product is EEE.

Article is current as of 2020-04-03.

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