RoHS – Restriction of Hazardous Substances

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU was initially adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. The RoHS Directive took effect on 1 July 2006 and was refined, and is required to be enforced and become law in each member state.

This Directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials (i.e. lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and certain BFRs) in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012/19/EU which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic e-waste.

Source: wikipedia.org

RoHS Compliance Process

  1. Appoint your European Authorized Representative
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  2. Identify all EU Directives/Regulations applicable to your product (such as LVD, EMC etc.)
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  3. Assure that your product falls under the scope of WEEE
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  4. Define measures for separate collection of WEEE
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  5. Identify the applicable recovery rate for your product and define measures to comply 
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  6. Prepare necessary documentation as defined by WEEE Directive 
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