RoHS Directive for Household Appliances & Electronics

Ensure your entry into the EU market through RoHS compliance

Since its implementation, the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU, known as “RoHS 2,” has set the requirements for the limited use or prohibition of certain hazardous substances within electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), including appliances and electronics.

The RoHS 2 Directive prohibits the use of the following substances:

  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

In 2011, the Directive was updated to include new requirements, along with establishing dates for compliance.

What are the new requirements?

  • Conformity Assessment as per Decision 768/2008
  • CE Marking of the product
  • Maintenance of compliance
  • Documenting evidence of compliance in the product’s technical file
  • Reporting of non-compliance
  • Stricter enforcement by EU Member States

Although the RoHS 2 Directive has been in place for a decade, a recent enforcement study found that nearly half of household electronics and appliances do not comply with the standard, and a large majority do not meet the mandatory CE requirements.

Intertek’s comprehensive RoHS services for appliances and consumer electrics provide solutions to ensure that products demonstrate compliance with RoHS 2 requirements, allowing for CE Marking and entry into the European marketplace.

RoHS Directive for Household Appliances & Electronics

For more information, download Intertek’s fact sheet on the RoHS 2 Directive for Appliances & Consumer Electronics

 

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