The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directives 2002/95/EC and similar requirements in Canada, USA (e.g. California regulatory framework), China, Japan, South Korea...

  • The use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment takes effect since July 1, 2006. Products will not be allowed to contain specified levels of heavy metals; mercury, cadmium, haxavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, or lead, and includes lead on solder.
  • Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (the WEEE Directive within 2002/96/EC) since August 13, 2005 requires that equipment on the European market must comply with WEEE requirements. The specific intent of WEEE is to ascertain that products can be feasibly separated or recycled at the end of their life cycle; e.g. instructions to consumers recycling batteries from a cell phone or CRT from a PC or TV set.
  • If you are planning or already export to EU verify compliance through your (international) registration body, including document reviews, Manifests, product analysis, materials screening, verification testing on the requirements of the directives.


Affected Products:

These directives now puts stringent requirements on almost all consumer and commercial electrical and electronic products sold in Europe, including:

  • Large and small household appliances; toasters, coffee makers, hair dryers, clocks, watches, refrigerators, freezers, cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners...
  • Information technology and telecom equipment; notebooks, PCs, printers, scanners, calculators, line phones, cell phones
  • Consumer electronics - LCD, HDTV, televisions, radios, digital cameras, DVD players...
  • Lighting devices and electrical | electronic tools; fluorescent lamps... drills, trimmers, blowers, lawnmowers, power tools...
  • Toys, R & R... leisure, sports equipment; speed racers, electric trains, gaming video boxes, electronic gadgets for recreational sports such as biking, diving, running, rowing, also coin slot machines, and sports equipment with electric or electronic components...
  • Medical devices, while the instrumentation on medical devices to monitor and control are exempt, it does include in the WEEE, REACH and RoHS directives devices for detecting, preventing, monitoring or alleviating illness, injury or disability such as personal diabetes, blood pressure...
  • Monitor & control instruments; appliances for household use, laboratory use, industrial monitoring which includes smoke detectors, thermostats, measuring, weighing...
  • Automatic dispensers; beverage dispensers, foods, ATM...

 

    Note 1: Medical devices as well monitor & control instruments are exempt from the RoHS Directive. See Medical devices in this portal.

    Note 2: Some of the product types exempt are large scale, stationary industrial tools or equipment, filament light bulbs and household illumination devices

Management Systems publications FSMS ISO 22000, EMS ISO 14001 and QMS ISO 9001 infer into this and other directives as set forth by laws. This provides for these management systems to help in control of these activities without forcing imposition within a free market economy.

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