RoHS – 2 for edit

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The RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC restricts the use of lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury and polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE) for electrical and electronic equipment put on the market since July 1st 2006.

 The recast RoHS (RoHS II) Directive 2011/65/EU maintains these restrictions and extends them including introducing a new scope Category 11 that includes all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) not covered by any of the other 10 categories in the scope of the recast RoHS Directive after a period of 8 years. In addition, the recast RoHS Directive establishes a methodology for reviewing the existing six substance restrictions and for introducing new restrictions. The recast RoHS directive is a standalone directive and not a derivative of the WEEE directive.

RoHS and RoHS2 directive implementation requires data about each item and item. The collection and information management procedure is long and convoluted, and requiring endless internal work within the organization, as well as many interfaces with suppliers.

The expertise of  SBS, combined with the CDM software, will help the company to solve the RoHS & RoHS2 compliance.

SBS Plan for RoHS Compliance:

  • Obtain RoHS II compliance certificates from suppliers/manufacturers.
  • Collect and provide manufacturers’ certificate documents.
  • Mark component with RoHS II compliance status,   Exemption Reference Number,  povide COC – Certificate of Compliance or POC – Proof of Compliance.
  • Provide substitute components that are fit to the RoHS directive.
  •  Provide reports

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from environ

The Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) required producers to recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment from August 2005; the Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) effectively banned certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products from July 2006. Producers are defined as companies that manufacture affected electrical or electronic equipment, resell equipment produced by other manufacturers, or import such equipment into a Member State.

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RoHS Implementation and Recasting

As described in the 2nd blog of this series, RoHS 2002/95/EC restricts the use of cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, PBB and PBDE. Until it was recast in July 2011 as RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (also known as RoHS 2), it shared the scope of the WEEE Directive, which has 10 categories of electronics. RoHS 2 now has its own scope of six categories of electronics, plus these requirements2,3:

  • All medical devices and industrial equipment must now comply.
  • Manufacturers must provide conformity risk assessments and test reports.
  • Manufacturers, importers and distributors are all responsible for ensuring RoHS compliance.
  • Manufacturers, importers and distributors are all responsible for ensuring the CE mark is on their EEE products.
  • Most importantly, there is now a new category, Category 11, which brings every piece of EEE into the scope of the directive unless it is specifically excluded elsewhere in the Directive text or via a valid, application-specific exemption.

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