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Market surveillance concerning the RoHS directive (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances) started in November in the European Union, accordingly also in Finland. In Finland the market surveillance is taken care by the Safety Technology Authority (TUKES), which uses SGS Fimko’s services as a support to its surveillance. The decisions made by TUKES in Finland may have effect on the free access of the products in the entire EU region. Also many other European countries are starting their RoHS market surveillance in the very near future. RoHS directive has limited the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products since July 1st, 2006.
Screening and analysis
The RoHS market surveillance uses the same procedures as for the surveillance of the safety and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of electrical and electronic products. These are, for example, education, check of documents and testing; in case of RoHS, screening is carried out with XRF-techniques and chemical analysis. The reaction procedures are also the same as for the surveillance of other characteristics. These are limitation of the sales of the product, removal of the product from the market and pecuniary penalty. Before the start of the RoHS marketing surveillance, TUKES has annually limited the free access of 400-600 products due to defects founded in them.
Certain risk factors found in products
The European market surveillance authorities have identified several risk materials in electrical and electronic products regarding RoHS. These are among others soldering, PVC-insulation, coloured plastics, decorative signs, switches, relays etc. SGS Fimko has also found defects in the same material as well as in other material.
SGS Fimko’s services helps companies to make sure of the RoHS compliance
SGS Fimko helps your companies to make sure that your product complies with the RoHS directive. This is done with the help of training, screening, analysis and quality management, which done at the same time as the compliance check of the product, i.e. in combination with safety and EMC testing and certification.
For more information, please contact: Peter Fagerstedt, phone +358 9 6963 245, email Jukka Vuorinen, phone +358 40 500 4431, email