Thursday, 26 September 2013

Are You Up To Date With RoHS?

These Regulations implement the RoHS Directive which bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than the agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
Manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers and distributors need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that they comply.
- See more at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/nmo/enforcement/rohs-home#sthash.z1g6Sss5.dpuf
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS 1) came into effect in 2003. Then, in 2011 RoHS 2 came into force replacing RoHS 1 on 2nd January 2013. 

The RoHS Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than the agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

Manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers and distributors need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that they comply.

The RoHS Directive undergoes continual amendments with the most recent coming into force on 22nd July 2014, called the RoHS 2 recast. 

The Main Intentions Behind the RoHS Recast:
-Developing better regulatory conditions
-Increasing the level of legal clarity & certainty
-The adaptation of the Directive particularly within medical devices & monitoring & control instruments
-Aligning & harmonising RoHS with other EU legislation
-Preventing risks to human health & the environment

The Key Differences:
1. Scope:
-A gradual extension of the requirements to all electrical & electronic equipment, cables & spare parts, with a view to full compliance by 22nd July 2019
-Clarification of important definitions
-Provision for a review by July 2014

2. Restrictions of new substances:
-A methodology for the assessment of new hazardous substances in EEE
-The list of restricted substances to be reviewed by July 2014
-Opportunity for member states to propose new substance restrictions

3. Exemptions:
-Clearer & more transparent rules for granting, renewing or deleting exemptions
-obligations for manufacturers to apply for exemptions & to carry out assessments

4. Coherence with other EU-Legislation:
-New Legislation Framework (CE marking & declaration of Conformity)
-Regulation on the restriction, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemical (REACH)

To read the directive document in full please visit the European Commission's website.

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