Things You Didn’t Know About RoHS

RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances and is also sometimes known as the Directive 2002/95/EC. It was originated in the European Union with an ultimate goal to reduce environmental effect and harmful impact of electronics. So, it keeps a check on hazardous and dangerous components found in the electrical and electronic goods. This is the reason RoHS testing is considered extremely important. If left unchecked, they can pollute the landfills and are also considered an occupational hazard at the manufacturing and disposal point.

The EU RoHS restricts the hazardous materials in not only electrical and electronic devices but also in medical equipment. This directive serves as a safeguard solution against harmful components as it provides safer alternatives to use.

No doubt, the directive has been really popular and is being actively applied, there are still certain things that are unknown.

Here we are going to list out the lesser-known things about RoHS

It is not over

When RoHS came to be known as law, there was added a phase-in period for the products which were not initially covered in the original directive. Those products were outlined there as the RoHS Recast and were phased in through 2021.

You can fall “out of scope”

There were multiple clarifications in the recast, which stated that the products which were subject to RoHS under the directive might not have to comply under the law. It is vague to assume that once you are compliant, you will always remain compliant. Your product can fall out of scope.

There is nothing called as RoHS logo

Most of the logos that indicated a lead-free product were designed by the companies who manufactured them. RoHS does not have any specific logo and needs to be demonstrated with the help of documentation.

CE is not equal to RoHS

Products which bear the seal of “CE” might be compliant to the RoHS guidelines, but they are completely different from each other. An RoHS-product might or might not carry a “CE” seal.

EMS is not the ticket to compliance

Compliance to RoHS is the responsibility of the brand owner and not the contract manufacturer. Though your EMS might be following all the necessary rules and guidelines under RoHS, it is not the ticket to compliance.

So make sure you are well aware of all these points before you get your product tested. In this regard, Enviropass ROHS compliance testing can make things easier for you.

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