Compliance with European Union WEEE and RoHS Directives

In January 2003, the European Union adopted two important environmental directives -- the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). In combination with additional Directives in the EU and other geographies, they represent an important milestone in providing a safer environment for future generations.

The WEEE Directive

The WEEE Directive obliges manufacturers, importers, and/or distributors of electronic equipment to label the equipment for recycling; to register in each EU country in accordance with the rules adopted to implement the WEEE Directive; and to provide for recycling of the electronic equipment at the end of its useful life.  The initial compliance date was August 13, 2005, although not all EU countries adopted the necessary implementation rules by that deadline.  Avid is committed to complying with the WEEE Directive (as implemented in each EU member state).  In accordance with the requirements of the WEEE Directive, Avid has labeled Avid products that are shipped into the EU, has registered as appropriate in those countries which have implemented the Directive, and has established a relationship with the AER Worldwide (RENE) recycling scheme.  The WEEE label and instructions for disposal are as follows:

Instructions for Disposal of Waste Equipment by Users in the European Union

This symbol on the product or its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your consumer waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city recycling office or the dealer from whom you originally purchased the product.

If you have professional electronic equipment that you purchased from Avid or that you wish to have picked up for recycling, please complete and submit the WEEE Recycle Pickup Request Form.

The RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive complements the WEEE Directive by severely restricting the presence of specific toxic substances in electronic diphenyl ethers).  Avid is committed to complying with this Directive and has worked in collaboration with its suppliers to evaluate the new restrictions, to identify relevant exemptions, and to substitute environmentally-benign, compliant alternative materials in its product components and manufacturing processes.  Subject to the available exemptions, Avid’s products were compliant with the RoHS Directive for its products by the July 1, 2006 implementation date.

More information on our compliance in Asia can be found here.

Regulation 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is the new European Union (EU) chemicals law that became effective on June 1, 2007, with phased deadlines through to 2018.  Avid supports the overall REACH goals of protecting human health and the environment.