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Market surveillance concerning the RoHS directive (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances) started within the European Union in autumn 2006. 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. In 2007 Tukes tested the concentration of hazardous substances in 63 electrical and electronic appliances. Too high lead concentration was detected in two appliances on the results of chemical analyses. As a result the delivery of these products was prohibited.
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.
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.
Picture: RoHS compliance is clarified with SGS Fimko’s screening and analysis services.
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:
Kari Vesterinen, Product Line Manager , Industrial and household equipment, phone. +358 40 564 2260, e-mailAri Hulkkonen, Product Line Manager,Installation technics , phone +358 400 727 292, e-mailMatti Viita, Product Line Manager , Electronics, phone +358 40 5184 543, e-mailJukka Vuorinen, Business Director, phone +358 40 500 4431, e-mailSGS Fimko Oy
P.O. Box 30, FI-00211 Helsinki, Finland
t: +358 9 6963 61
f: +358 9 6925 474
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