WEEE for manufacturers, rebranders and importers

WEEE exemptions


Some electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) you produce may be exempt from the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. This includes:

  • consumables
  • products designed specifically for military and national security purposes
  • equipment that is part of equipment which falls outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations
  • luminaires in households and filament light bulbs
  • implanted and infected medical products
  • large-scale stationary industrial tools


EEE consumables do not generally come under the WEEE Regulations, unless they are part of another product that is covered. For example, an ink cartridge on its own is not EEE, but if it's inside a discarded printer it becomes part of that product and is covered by the WEEE Regulations.

However, some consumables - such as security tags - can be EEE and therefore do come under the WEEE Regulations.

Military and national security products

Arms, weapons, ammunition and other products used in warfare are exempt from the WEEE Regulations. However, if your product is not designed exclusively for military purposes, the exemption does not apply. For example, computer, office or catering equipment supplied to the military or the security services would fall within the WEEE Regulations.

The next step

If your product falls under one of the ten WEEE Regulation categories and none of the above exemptions apply, you must comply with the WEEE Regulations - see complying with WEEE producer responsibilities.

If your product is outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations, it is highly recommended that you keep relevant documentation to explain your decision - see what to do if the WEEE Regulations don't apply.

If you are unsure whether your product is covered by the WEEE Regulations, contact the NIEA WEEE producer responsibility unit on Tel 028 9056 9338.