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WEEE product power source and voltage check


You need to check the power source and voltage of your product to see whether it is within the scope of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations.

Power source

Under the WEEE Regulations, a product must use electric currents or electromagnetic fields as its primary energy source in order to work properly, or must serve to generate, transfer or measure electric currents. For example, a massage chair requires electricity to provide its main purpose of giving a massage, so it's within the scope of the regulations.

However, if your product doesn't need electricity to provide its main purpose, it is outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations. For example, a gas cooker may use electricity for a timer and clock, but its primary energy source is gas. Similarly, a talking toy may use batteries to allow it to talk, but it can still perform its primary purpose of being a toy without the batteries.

Voltage rating

Your product will fall under the scope of the WEEE Regulations if it:

  • needs or generates 1,000 volts or less for alternating current
  • needs or generates 1,500 volts for direct current

If your product has been designed for use with a voltage rating of more than this, you do not need to comply with the WEEE Regulations.

The next step

If your product's power source and voltage rating fall under the WEEE Regulations, check whether it falls within one of the ten product categories - see how to check WEEE product categories.

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