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The RoHS (Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances) Directive limits the use of six hazardous substances (cadmium, lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and brominated flame retardants PBB and PBDE) in products.
The Directive will be renewed, and with this comes changes to its measures, including the following:
Compliance with the RoHS Directive would now require technical construction file and CE marking. In addition to present products, medical devices and monitoring and control instruments will be included in the scope of the Directive. The whole supplier chain (manufacturer, importer, distributor and authorized representative) would be responsible for compliance and verification. A new methodology will be devised, to add hazardous substances to the directive. Renewed exemption mechanism and more exact definitions will also be implemented. CB RoHS Certificate for the Concentration of Hazardous Substances in Components and Substances
The IECEE HS (Hazardous Substances) STR (Statement of Test Results) report service, which has been created under the management of SGS Fimko, provides an effective way to identify and verify the concentrations of hazardous substances with the help of globally-approved measuring procedures (IEC 62321). IECEE HS STR (otherwise called CB RoHS) and the test reports issued by SGS Fimko are a reliable basis for the technical construction file of the final product.
SGS Fimko has 7 testing laboratories that are in accordance with the IECEE HS STR scheme. These laboratories are located in Finland, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Thailand.
New Product Groups
The renewed RoHS Directive would be implemented:
For medical devices and monitoring and control instruments entering the market from December 1, 2014, For medical devices used for in-vitro diagnostics entering the market from December 1, 2016, and For industrial control and monitoring equipment entering the market from December 1, 2017. Additional Substances on the Prioritization List
Although the renewal of the RoHS Directive does not add limited substances, four substances will be included on the prioritization list -- HBCDD, DEHG, BBP and DBP. These substances might be added to the list of limited substances.
Other Directives Valid for Products
CE marking entails that the conditions of other directives requiring CE marking must be fulfilled. Therefore, manufacturers and importers must ensure that the requirements of these other directives are also fulfilled, which are as follows:
EuP (Energy-Using Products) Directive Low Voltage Directive EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Directive R&TTE (Radio and Teleterminal Equipment) Directive With the help of SGS Fimko’s services, companies can make sure that their products are in conformance with all the abovementioned directives.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Tom TörnSGS Certification Director
Emailt: +358 9 6963 475
SGS Fimko LtdP.O. Box 30 (Särkiniementie 3)
t: +358 9 696 361
f: +358 9 6925 474
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