The Lifecycle Rules for Consumer Products, Packaging and Equipment

Date: Oct 29, 2007

Increasingly, market access is conditioned upon compliance with laws that extend producer responsibility throughout a product's lifecycle. Beginning with design and continuing through end-of-life disposal, manufacturers are being called upon to label and recycle products to address the use of toxic or hazardous materials.

The European Union (EU) is at the forefront of this trend with its Directives on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Other jurisdictions, notably China and several individual U.S. states, are following suit. This family of rules include:

    For a discussion on broader issues relating to extended producer responsibilities, see: