Legislative Decree No. 49/2014, from 15 August 2018, has provided for an extension of regulations which require producers, importers and those who sell electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) under their own brand to organise and finance the waste (WEEE) collection and recovery system deriving from products placed on the market.

This extended scope covers equipment for which no specific exclusion (open scope) is envisaged.

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DEFINITION OF EEE, Electrical and electronic equipment:

equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of currents and fields and designed to be used with a voltage not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current.

Read our in-depth analysis of the Open Scope.

Categories of products that fall within the regulatory scope:

At the end of the transition period, from 15 August 2018, the Directive applies to all EEE, as “All EEE is classified as categories of Annex III” and listed in a non-exhaustive way in Annex 4. The products will be classified based on size criteria rather than product category.

The list of new categories is indicated in Annex III of the Directive, below:

  1. Temperature exchange equipment;
  2. Monitors and equipment with displays exceeding 100 cm2;
  3. Lamps;
  4. Large equipment with at least one external size of more than 50 cm;
  5. Small equipment with no external size greater than 50 cm;
  6. Small IT and telecommunications equipment with no external sizes greater than 50 cm.

Categories of products that are excluded from the regulatory scope:

Not all EEE will fall within the scope, since the set of exclusions provided for by the Directive and by Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 must be safeguarded.

The Directive and Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 apply only to finished products and NOT to components, unless the components have an independent function.

  1. Equipment necessary for the protection of the essential interests of the security of Member States, including weapons, munitions and war material, and intended for military purposes;
  2. Equipment which is specifically designed and installed as part of another type of equipment, which is excluded from this directive scope and which can fulfil its function only if it is part of that equipment;
  3. Incandescent bulbs;
  4. Equipment intended to be sent into space;
  5. Large fixed industrial tools;
  6. Large fixed installations, except for equipment which is not specifically designed and installed to be part of those installations;
  7. Means of transport of persons or goods, excluding non-approved two-wheeled electric vehicles;
  8. Non-road mobile machinery for professional use;
  9. Equipment specially designed for research and development purposes, available only for business-to-business relations;
  10. Medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices, if these are suspected to be infected before the end of their life cycle, and active implantable medical devices.

Ministry of the Environment Guidelines - WEEE 2018

The Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea published the guidelines containing the operating instructions defining the “open” scope of Legislative Decree No. 49/2014.

weee 2018 OPEN SCOPE guidelines

The material presented during the 6 June 2018 meeting on the changes occured from 15 August 2018 when the Open Scope came into force was published.

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examples of weee 2018 open scope 

Resolutions of Surveillance Body

Discover the answers published by the Supervisory and Control Committee about some doubts regarding the Legislative Decree n. 49/2014’s scope.


Resolutions of Surveillance Body Open Scope 2018

On 19th of July 2018, the Supervisory and Control Committee approved the “transcoding” table fot the correct assignment of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in the new types contained in Annex IV of Legislative Decree 49/2014.

The latter annex has been appropriately integrated by the Supervisory and Control Committee with the aim of facilitating the producers of EEE with regard to the correct classification of their equipment.

Resolutions of Surveillance Body OPEN SCOPE 2018

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Assoclima Guidelines

ASSOCLIMA WEEE Open Scope Guidelines – National application of the WEEE Directive to products and systems for ventilation and air conditioning.
Download the free-of-charge guide to find out what will change with the open scope introduced by the legislation.

ASSOCLIMA weee guidelines

ANIE Guidelines

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Standard Articles of Association of WEEE Consortia

The Ministries of the Environment and Economic Development have approved the Ministerial Decree containing the Standard Articles of Association for Compliance schemes that deal with the management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), under Legislative Decree No. 49/2014.


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Environmental Report

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ERP - Circular economy

The European Recycling Platform (ERP) welcomes the new approach to a stronger, more competitive circular economy.

The European Parliament has approved a circular economy package that promises higher recycling volumes and a level playing field in the waste market.


European Commission FAQ concerning the European Directive 2012/19 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Among the many points analysed it is possible to find further information:

  • on the Directive and its purpose
  • on the WEEE regulations’ scope and changes in the products that are included starting from Open Scope’s August 2018 entry into force and products that are excluded
  • on the EEE producer and distributor definitions and the product features
  • on the collection of WEEE and batteries

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European overview – Open Scope

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