Scope of RoHS directive expands
The scope of the RoHS Directive will expand this summer. Previously the restrictions on hazardous substances have applied to certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment. From July 2017 the restrictions will apply to Industrial Monitoring and Control Instruments.
The scope of the RoHS Directive will expand this summer. Previously the restrictions on hazardous substances have applied to certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) such as household appliances, lighting equipment, and electrical and other monitoring and control instruments. From July 22, 2017 the RoHS Directive restrictions shall apply to industrial monitoring and control instruments, including cables and spare parts for their repair, their use, updating of their functionalities or upgrading of their capacity.
It is worth remembering that certain applications are exempt from these restrictions and that these exemptions expire within a timeframe defined in the Directive. Also, some types of EEE are excluded from the RoHS Directive scope, such as non-road mobile machinery for professional use that has an onboard motor, or large-scale fixed installations.
The maximum concentration of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) allowed in homogeneous materials is 0.1% by weight, and of cadmium 0.01% by weight. In addition to the substances listed above, Annex II of the Directive contains four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP) but the restrictions on the use of these substances shall not apply before July 22, 2019 for most of the categories of EEE and July 22, 2021 for the remaining categories namely monitoring and control instruments and medical devices. There are also other regulations, such as REACH, that restrict the use of hazardous substances in articles, including in EEE.
The conformity assessment performed by the manufacturer and the EU Declaration of Conformity shall cover essential requirements of the RoHS Directive as well. Be aware that manufacturer obligations apply to importers and distributors in particular when they place EEE on the market under their own name or trademark.
SGS offers hazardous substances (RoHS, REACH, POP, PAH and SCCP) advisory services and testing in accredited laboratories to support companies affected by this Directive, be it for their conformity assessment or compliance with the regulatory requirements. SGS also offers the voluntary product certification called ”SGS RoHS Certification”.
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