ROHS COMPLIANce WORLDWIDE

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Starting in Europe, RoHS-like regulations are now being developed worldwide.  The scope, the listed hazardous substances, and their applicable exemptions differ from one market to another. 

Enviropass is here to assist you with your RoHS testing towards product environmental compliance worldwide

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New Jersey RoHS

NEW JERSEY ROHS

New Jersey also has a RoHS regulation,  known as the “Electronic Waste Recycling Act” (Senate Bill 2144), chapter 347...

Oman RoHS

OMAN ROHS

As of June 30th, 2020,  radio, telecom and terminal equipment introduced into the Omani market must comply with EU ROHS through an approval process managed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Sultanate of Oman.  This type of approval process is similar to the one in the United Arab Emirates...

Brazil RoHS

BRAZIL ROHS

Brazil has drafted a RoHS regulation too than should come into force in 2021.  Details have been by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment...

RoHS Compliance - FAQ

What is RoHS?

RoHS is an acronym that stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The long version of Europe RoHS is the Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances.

What is the Objective of RoHS?

Every RoHS regulation aims at restricting the use of hazardous substances contained in electrical and electronic equipment, to better protect the environment and human health.  As a result, the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) becomes easier to recycle and less harmful.

What is the RoHS Scope?

RoHS regulations target Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).  Depending on the countries, the covered product categories differ.  Europe RoHS probably has the broadest scope, covering most household, professional, medical,  tools, monitoring instruments, and even industrial products. 

 

Generally speaking, aerospace, military, and automotive products are out-of-scope.  Batteries and packaging are also excluded.  However, specific environmental regulations apply to automotive equipment (ELV), batteries, and packaging.

What are the Differences between the Various RoHS Regulations Worldwide?

RoHS regulations mirror Europe RoHS all over the world.  This is the case of the Eurasian Economic Union, the United Arab EmiratesTurkeyCalifornia, and other states and countries.  Unlike Europe RoHS, some countries like the United Arab Emirates request external audits.

 

Significant national deviations apply to other RoHS regulations, like China and Taiwan RoHS, with different sets of labels and declarations.

What about Countries that don't have RoHS Regulations?

Countries and states like Australia, Canada, Japan, or the USA (except for California and New Jersey) don't have RoHS laws as such, or regulations specifically dedicated to substances restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment. 

 

However, this doesn't mean that no applicable regulations apply at all.  Legal obligations on hazardous substances are usually implemented, restricting mercury, lead, cadmium, and others.  The objective is to reduce their use and the risk of exposure when importing, producing, or placing on the market mixtures, products, and devices.

 

Obligations to declare such substances to national agencies, and to obtain certificates of authorization are usually mandatory above certain thresholds.

RoHS Compliance FAQ

What are the RoHS Hazardous Substances

Typically, they are heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium hexavalent) and, depending on the RoHS regulations, some additives in plastics, like PBBs, PBDEs, and phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, and DIBP).

How to be RoHS Compliant?

In essence, you will have to confirm that none of the targeted hazardous substances exceed their threshold of 0.1% (or 0.01% for cadmium) at the homogeneous material level of every component and material in your product.  Two approaches are available:

  • Analytical testing
  • Documentary approach

The latter is highly recommended for complex products.  When conducted, it should meet the IEC 63000 standard, as requested per Europe RoHS.

 

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Any other questions on RoHS? Please contact us.  You can also follow the Enviropass LinkedIn page to keep abreast of the latest news on RoHS and other product environmental requirements.

 

 

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