RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Previously the 2002/95/EC Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment was the directive which governed RoHS. The aim of this directive is to restrict the use of hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment in order to reduce the risk to human health and the environment.
Under this directive manufacturers and producers must fulfill certain obligations.
The Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The 6 substances that are restricted at present are;
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Poly Brominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
All of these substances have been restricted to a concentration of 0.1% w/w in homogenous material except Cadmium which is restricted to a concentration of 0.01% w/w in homogeneous material.
The scope of the 2002/95/EC RoHS Directive applied to the following categories;
- Large Household appliances
- Small Household appliances
- IT and telecommunications equipment
- Consumer equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools (With the exception of large scale stationary industrial tools)
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Automated Dispensers
Category 8 (medical devices) and 9 (Industrial equipment) were exempt from RoHS until the new 2011/65/EU Directive was implemented.
Each member state had until 1 July 2006 to implement this directive. These restrictions are to be followed by any manufacturer or supplier to place electronic and electrical equipment on the EU market.
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RoHS Recast (2011/65/EU Directive)
On July 2011 the RoHS recast (Directive 2011/65/EU) was published in the Official Journal. There were several changes made to the original directive but the two main points to note are;
- It is now a CE Mark Directive This means that any electronic device which has a CE Mark must now be compliant with RoHS as well as any other applicable legislation including medical devise.
- It now applies to two categories of products that were previously exempt from the scope of RoHS which are medical devices and industrial equipment
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- Adhere to the concentration limits of these substances in the named categories when manufacturing or producing products.
- Demonstrate compliance with this directive through completion of a technical file
- Draw up and sign a declaration of conformity
- Suppliers are obliged to assess manufacturers and producers to ensure compliance with this directive.
H2 Compliance prides itself on offering bespoke solutions and support to each client based on their particular needs but here are some of the services that are most popular;
- Regulation tracking
- Consulting services and strategic planning
- Construction of technical files (When required)
- Managing supply chain communications and information requests