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Obelis European Authorized Representative Center (O.E.A.R.C.)

Guidance on WEEE

Since the 13th of August, 2005 manufacturers became financially

responsible for compliance of the Waste of Electrical and

Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE 2002/96/EC). The law passed

in 2002, requires the 27 EU member states to enact and implement

the law into their local legislation. As of July 1, 2007 the first

compliance period officially began for the UK. The Directive

itself presents the general WEEE requirements while allowing room

for each EU member state to adapt and customize the law to their

own individual countries. This however, has made the directive

requirements quite complex. Those affected by the law must abide

by the regulations set forth in the applicable EU member states,

which not only have differing requirements but also have important

documents available only in their local language.

To assist in this matter Obelis is now offering WEEE services

to help manufacturers comply with the complicated regulations and

to guide them efficiently through the country-specific requirements

for each EU member state. Along with its WEEE directive

services, Obelis services also include guidance on various EU

directives including the Low Voltage Directive (LVD 2006/95/EC) and

the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive (EMC 2004/108/EC).

These directives cover electrical equipment that may also apply to

the categories falling under the scope of the WEEE directive. The

10 main categories include large household appliances, small

household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, consumer

equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools,

toys, leisure and sports equipment, medical devices, monitoring and

control equipment and automatic dispensers.

Manufacturers must implement measures to reduce and prevent

electrical and electronic waste, including: registering as

producers, marking electronic products, arranging for collection

and recycling of materials, providing for the treatment and

dismantling of products, and much more.

Obelis strives to maintain the most up to date and relevant

information to assist manufacturers with these current regulatory

issues. As an experienced and professional European Authorized

representative center, Obelis (O.E.A.R.C.) exists to help

manufacturers understand all that is required of them regarding the

EU directives. For further assistance and/or questions, please