RoHS 2: The Directive Continues to Evolve

The "recast" RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU came into force on 3 January 2013, replacing the former RoHS Directive, 2002/95/EC. Many major changes have been enacted, including

  • Expanded scope
    • Medical devices and monitoring and control instruments came into scope 22 July 2014
    • In vitro medical devices come into scope as of 22 July 2016
    • Industrial monitoring and control instruments come into scope as of 22 July 2017
    • Other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) not covered by any of the existing 10 product categories come into scope as of 22 July 2019

  • Broader definitions
    • Electrical and electronic equipment, or EEE, means equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current.
    • “Dependent” means, with regard to EEE, needing electric currents or electromagnetic fields to fulfill at least one intended function.
      • A greeting card that plays a tune or a toy teddy bear that talks would now be in scope of the directive

  • Increased documentation requirements
    • Formal Declaration of Compliance – declare it
    • Conformity assessment and Technical Documentation, on file and available to enforcement agents for 10 years – prove it
    • CE marking to signify RoHS compliance required – show it

  • And More!!
    • Read Mike Kirschner's recent article on what's new with RoHS at TTI's MarketEYE site!
    • And in case you're not convinced that RoHS is a dynamic, constantly changing Directive, since this article was written in early April 2015, the exemption extension request for Exemption 7(b) has been withdrawn by Quintech. Therefore Exemption 7(b) will expire on 21 July 2016.
    • The Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 adding four phthalates to Annex II to the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) was entered into the Official Journal of the European Union on June 4, 2015.
    • Did you know that the United Arab Emirates is planning to issue a RoHS-like regulation? Open for comment through October 3.

What can DCA Do for You?

DCA can help you learn about and manage the impact of these, and other, EU Directives as well as national and international market requirements, and plan your transition to compliance. From assessing your suppliers' RoHS compliance capabilities, to updating key design and procurement supplier and component-related business processes, to identifying and working with you to configure a systems solution that tracks material composition, to identifying and resolving potential and actual technical back-end risks, we can do it all. Please contact us for more information.