RoHS 2 Compliance for Household Appliances

Enforcement Update Infographic and Best Practices Suggestions

15 March 2016

What’s new with RoHS? Enforcement agencies are increasing communication across borders and discussing the targeting of high-risk and high-failure product categories or brands.

The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive prohibits the use of six chemicals—mercury, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)—in electric products. It was adopted in 2003 and amended in 2011. Yet, a recent study found that up to 46 percent of household appliances fail RoHS compliance testing. The below infographic outlines compliance in various products, and offers insights on the enforcement and easy steps to compliance.

For more information, download Intertek’s fact sheet on RoHS 2 Directive for Appliances & Consumer Electronics for clarity on adoption dates, obligations for manufacturers, and steps to compliance.

Mark Keller is the Global Business Line lead for Appliances & Electronics at Intertek. He is responsible for coordinating global business development activities for his team of 11 professionals spread across three regions. He is based in the Cortland, New York facility.