RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

By BVAA’s Technical Consultant, Peter Churm

The ‘Department for Business Innovation and Skills’ (BIS) has issued a consultation document on:

Implementation of the restrictions of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU.

The original RoHS Directive was published in 2002 and came into force on 1 July 2006. The new RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU was published on 1 July 2011. It has a different scope and obligations on those placing products on the market.

This consultation is relevant to all businesses making and/or placing products with any electrical and electronic function on the market, wholesalers and distributors of these products, and trade associations in the electronics and ICT sector.

The RoHS Directive primarily aims to ensure that EU Member States apply common restrictions on the levels of six hazardous substances that may be present in a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment, as well as minimising the end of life environmental impact of that equipment. It is a single European market measure and implementation is made by one law covering the whole of the UK.

This consultation seeks views on the implementation policy, draft regulations, consultation impact assessment and draft UK guidance notes. It is expected that additional, more detailed guidance will be made available by the European Commission later this year, as the UK is contributing to drafting work in this area.

Main issues associated with the new RoHS Directive The original policy of the RoHS Directive to protect human health and the environment across the European single market remains the same. However, the new Directive brings forward changes to:

• Broaden the scope of products covered Require the ”CE” and other marking of compliant products
• New conformity assessment procedures
• Provide for new exclusions from scope
• Provide for new criteria for the application and duration of exemptions
• The Introduction of an end date after which non-compliant product cannot be made available.

The BIS consultation document is available from the BVAA

BIS request responses by 6 July 2012.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 21


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