Legal directives in Europe

The European Union Directive 2002/96/EC on WEEE, "Waste from electrical and electronic equipment", is intended to protect the quality of the environment and human health through the prudent use of natural resources, and to improve the reuse, recycling and recovery in order to reduce the amount of disposal of equipment and the contents going to landfill.

The WEEE Directive obliged the twenty-five EU member states to transpose its provisions into national law by 13 August 2004. On 13 August 2005, the WEEE Directive came into force. Toshiba is preparing all necessary measures to be in compliance with the WEEE Directive, including the transition in each EU-Member State's national law.

Product Information Disclosure - Article 11 of the WEEE Directive:
If you need the treatment related information for our products, please click on one of the product links below.

Home Entertainment (TIU)

Medical Imaging Systems (TMSE)

Computer Systems (TEG)

Print, Copy, Fax, Scan and Mail (TGIS)

Store Automation and Barcode Printing (TERIS) 


The European Union Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) is intended to reduce the use of substances that may pose risks to human health or the environment.

From 1st of July 2006 a new product with any of the six hazardous substances (*) cannot be put on the market.

*Prohibited 6 substances:
Lead (0.1%)
Mercury (0.1%)
Cadmium (0.01%)
Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)

Each concentration number in the brackets means maximum allowance for the homogenous material in the product. The EU has been studying the exemption items and has already accepted some of them.

Recast of RoHS in 2011
RoHS 2 was published in the Official Journal on 1 July 2011 and entry came into force on 21 July 2011.

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"The Directive 2005/32/EC on the eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP), such as electrical and electronic devices or heating equipment from 6th July 2005", is the next step after WEEE and RoHS to an environmental-friendly handling of electrical and electronic devices.

On 21st October 2009, the recast of the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC was adopted; the EuP scope was extended for Energy related Products (ErP) - The Directive 2009/125/EC.

The EuP Directive aims to reduce environmental burden and improve environmental performance. The Directive does not introduce directly binding requirements for specific products, but provides a framework for setting eco-design requirements for energy using products before being placed on the market.

The aspect of energy-consumption in the EuP Directive has a big importance during the whole lifecycle of a product. At the moment there are preparatory studies ongoing for 14 product groups:

Lot 1 Boilers and combi-boilers
Lot 2 Water heaters
Lot 3 PCs and computer monitors
Lot 4 Copiers, faxes, printers, scanners, multifunctional devices
Lot 5 Consumer electronics: televisions
Lot 6 Standby-and off-mode losses
Lot 7 Battery chargers and external power supplies
Lot 8 Office lighting
Lot 9 Street lighting
Lot 10 Residential room-conditioning appliances
Lot 11 Electric motors
Lot 12 Commercial refrigerators and freezers
Lot 13 Domestic refrigerators and freezers
Lot 14 Domestic dishwashers and washing machines

Toshiba has been contributing to several preparatory studies by providing technical information and by joining meetings. For more information on EuP please visit the official site of the EU Commission.


Purpose and Scope:
The Battery Directive  2006/66/EC regulates all types of batteries and accumulators, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use. The primary objective of this Directive is to minimize the negative impact of batteries and accumulators on the environment. The Battery Directive includes portable, industrial and automotive batteries.
Requirements for Batteries:
Prohibition to put batteries containing certain hazardous substances (mercury, cadmium) on the market:
- all batteries and accumulators, whether or not incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0.0005% of Mercury (Hg) by weight - exempt button cells with a mercury (Hg) content of no more than 2% by weight.
- portable batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0.002% of Cadmium (Cd) by weight - exempt portable batteries or accumulators; intended for use in emergency and alarm systems, medical equipment or cordless power tools.

Requirements for the Marking of Batteries:
All batteries and accumulators have to be marked with the crossed out wheeled bin to indicate separate collection.

Batteries, accumulators and button cells containing more than 0.0005% mercury, or 0.002% cadmium, or 0.004% lead have to be marked additionally with the chemical symbol of Hg or Cd or Pb underneath the dust bin. Labeling of portable batteries with capacity will be requested.



REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The law entered into force on 1 June 2007. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.

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