EU agreement on new version of the RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC)

At the end of November 2010 the European Parliament and the EU Member States agreed on a new version of the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive.

The new document will not be expanded to include additional compounds and there will be no extra requirements for products and materials previously considered to conform to RoHS requirements. The previous maximum limits for lead (0.1%), cadmium (0.01%), chromium VI (0.1%), mercury (0.1 %) and the bromide-based flame-retardant compounds PBB and PBDE (each 0.1 %) in homogeneous materials remain in place.

However, the areas of application will be extended in the new version of the RoHS Directive. It will no longer be restricted to 8 categories of devices, but will apply to all types of electrical and electronical equipment, as long as there are no exemptions defined (as for fixed installations, e.g.). For example, all electrical and electronic devices are now covered. The former RoHS maximum limits will therefore now also apply to previously exempted device categories such as certain types of medical equipment and in future they will also apply to monitoring and control instruments. In fact, in future, exemptions will only apply to specifically named devices, components or substances.

The restrictions applying to the devices currently included will come into force over the coming years and will only apply with full effect eight years after the agreement comes into force. Devices which currently do not conform to RoHS standards and which are subject to regulation for the first time may therefore be placed on the market for the time being, i.e. as permitted by the appropriate transition period.

The new version of the RoHS Directive will come into effect 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, probably in the spring of 2011. The member states will then have 18 months to implement it at the national level.

As an accredited provider of laboratory analyses, at DEKRA we can help you verify RoHS conformity and deal with any problems you may have concerning the conformity of your products.

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