Who Should Be Complying with RoHS?

The RoHS has been put into effect since 2003 and it restricts the use of any harmful or hazardous materials in electrical goods. Compliance is responsible for any product getting manufactured in the EU and which is entering the landfill sites. The EU legislation was applied to it after 2006 with the inclusion of some exemptions. The directive was further updated in 2013 and it included the requirement of CE marking. There was also other technical information required in course of the product manufacturing.

The EU legislation of RoHS must be complied with by every company that manufactures or sells EEE products (electronic and electrical products). This includes the products, equipment, cables, subassemblies, spare parts, or even components. The leisure equipment, lighting, lifts, home appliances, and toys are also included in this. The companies who might be the direct sellers, resellers, integrators or distributors within the EU have to comply with these rules and regulations.

RoHS specifies the levels of the hazardous materials that can be used in the products. The original RoHS directive was applied directly to 6 substances but now the additional 4 substances are listed under the RoHS 3. The products must be tested after they are manufactured and the reports must specify the levels of the substances used in them. These are the following threshold limits for the use of these substances:

  • Mercury < 100ppm
  • Lead < 1000ppm
  • Cadmium < 100ppm
  • Hexavalent Chromium < 1000ppm
  • PBB < 1000ppm
  • PBDE < 1000ppm
  • BBP < 1000ppm
  • DEHP < 1000ppm
  • DBP < 1000ppm
  • DIBP < 1000ppm

Any company that is not manufacturing or selling the EEE products do not need to comply with the RoHS and its directives.

What is the cost of non-compliance?

The sellers must have all their products complied with RoHS even if they have a very minute quantity of cabling or battery pack. The cost of non-compliance is extremely high and might prove detrimental to your production or selling business in the longer run. The penalties might be including anything ranging from compounded goods, fines, and the loss of right to sell the products in the EU. The market share is lost massively.

The non-compliance not only affects the seller but also all those who lie in the supply chain. The ignorance of the manufacturers can also lead to high fines levied upon the end suppliers. Therefore, choose the Enviropass RoHS consulting to avoid such problems.