WEEE DIRECTIVE 2002/96/EC of the European Union
The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. This directive is aimed at reducing waste of electrical and electronic equipment and promoting reuse and recycling of the equipment by establishing the target of reuse and recycling as a percentage of weight. GlobTek’s customers typically export to the European Union and in anticipation of GlobTek’s customer’s forthcoming compliance with WEEE the “trash can” logo has been added to all products suitable for use in Europe. The “trash can” symbology readily available on GlobTek products will allow customer’s to quickly comply with WEEE marking requirements as the power supply, a main component is marked in compliance. Customers should familiarize themselves with the WEEE directive as the requirements for reuse and recycling of GlobTek’s products which ship attached to final systems will be the responsibility of the manufacturer of the system or the importer into the European Union. Also, marking on the power supply alone is not enough to comply with WEEE.
In reference to Medical Products and Medical Grade power supplies:
Recovery and reuse and recycling limits for medical products were established December 31, 2008. Currently, the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive (2002/95/EC) does not require the medical industry to follow this requirement. However, the European Commission may revisit this exception by February 13, 2005. The RoHS Directive states that it “. . . shall ensure that, from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)."