The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations only cover products that you make available for the first time in the UK. This involves transferring a product from manufacture or import, in order to distribute or use it. It also includes transfers of second-hand items that have not previously been available in the UK. A product transfer can be a physical handover or a transfer of ownership.
A transfer can take place in a number of different ways, for example:
- sale, loan, hire, lease and gift
- from a UK manufacturer to a UK distributor
- from a UK manufacturer to the final consumer or user in the UK
- from a manufacturer outside the UK to an importer in the UK, or to the person responsible for distributing the item in the UK
- from an authorised representative to the final user or consumer
Products that are not on the market
You have not put a product on the market if it is:
- manufactured solely for in-house use
- produced as a prototype or demonstration sample - unless supplied to a customer for use
- manufactured in the UK but exported outside the UK - unless you put the product on the market by distance communication in another European Union member state or in Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein
If your product hasn't been put on the market, you do not need to comply with the WEEE Regulations. However, it is advisable to keep documentation that explains your reasons for deciding your product is outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations - see what to do if the WEEE Regulations don't apply.
Next steps if your WEEE product has been put on the UK market
If your product has been put on the market in the UK, you must check if your product is a final product or a spare, sub-assembly or component - see final products, spares, sub-assemblies and components.