New changes to RoHS regulations come into effect in 2013

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What is RoHS?
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive (2002/95/EC) has been in force since 1 July 2006 in the European Union and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.

The substances banned under RoHS are four heavy metals – lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI) and  two brominated flame retardants – polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

What about RoHS 2 (RoHS Directive-2011/65/EU)?

  • No additional substances have been added to the six currently restricted.
  • Inclusion of RoHS categories 8 (medical devices) and 9 (control and monitoring instruments) products in RoHS is now proposed.
  • Changes to exclusions, exemptions procedure and conformity, including CE marking obligations are also proposed.

The new Directive is expected to be transposed into UK Regulations by a deadline of 2 January 2013.

Do these proposed changes affect your business?  Make sure you are fully informed and ready to comply with the new RoHS Directive.

As specialists in the field of chemical testing, BLC can provide advice, support and testing of products and all other materials for compliance to the RoHS Directive (including leather containing electrical and electronic equipment such as watches). For further information contact

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