The Batteries Directive aims to minimise the negative environmental impacts posed by portable, industrial and automotive batteries and accumulators. The Directive sets limits on the mercury and cadmium contents of these products and imposes labelling requirements relating to proper disposal, capacity and hazardous substances content. National regulations (Statutory Instrument 268 of 2008) give statutory effect to the EU Batteries Directive.
The Directive also specifies the measures for the collection of waste batteries and accumulators along with setting minimum collection targets for such wastes. Additionally batteries and accumulators must be easily removed from the equipment in which they are incorporated.
The EPA is responsible for market surveillances activities relating to hazardous substances content and labelling requirements set out in the Batteries Directive in Ireland. The EPA carries out relevant product checks, including product compliance testing, as part of its market surveillance campaigns.
The Paints Directive aims to reduce the risk posed to health and the environment by certain solvents in some paints and decorative products by setting limits on the amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in these products. The Directive also requires these products to be labelled to provide the user with information concerning, among other things, the solvent content of the product in its ready to use form. National regulations (Statutory Instrument 564 of 2012) give statutory effect to the EU Paints Directive.
The EPA is the lead enforcement authority for the Paints Directive in Ireland. As part of its market surveillance campaigns product labelling and relevant documentation checks are carried out. Where deemed appropriate the EPA will have products tested for compliance with the VOC limits. Local Authorities may also carry out such product checks.
The RoHS Directive aims to reduce the risk posed by some hazardous substances to human health and the environment by setting sets limits on the amounts of Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) in components/materials of electrical and electronic equipment. The Directive supports the goals of the WEEE Directive. National regulations (Statutory Instrument 513 of 2012) give statutory effect to the EU RoHS Directive.
RoHS Directive requirements are incorporated in the CE marking regime. Only when the manufacturer, or in some case importer, has assessed the product to be compliant with the RoHS Directive (and all other relevant legislation) can the CE mark be affixed to the product and the product made available.
The EPA is responsible for the enforcement of the RoHS Directive in Ireland. The EPA carries out relevant product documentation checks and where necessary product compliance testing as part of its market surveillance campaigns. The EPA cooperates with various market surveillance authorities both at national and EU level.
For more information on the EPA’s activities relating to the above visit the desktop site at the links below.