RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) regulation aims at restricting the use of hazardous substances contained in electrical and electronic equipment for better protection of the environment and human health. Furthermore, it encourages recycling these hazardous materials or their substitution with safer alternatives .
Europe RoHS scope covers most household, professional, medical devices, tools, monitoring instruments and industrial products.
EU RoHS vs. UK RoHS
The only difference between the EU and the UK RoHS is the product marking; UKCA instead of CE Mark.
Due to the United Kingdom withdrawing itself from the European Union (January 2020), UK Parliament has adopted a UKCA marking that enables the UK to diverge from the European CE marking requirements. Therefore, UKCA marking will supplant the CE logo.
As of 2021, electric and electronic equipment in the UK must comply with the UK RoHS.
How to comply?
Since the CE marking does not include compliance to the UK RoHS, manufacturers must use the UKCA marking. However, since this is a recent regulation update, the UK tolerates the CE mark until January 1st, 2023. Until December 2023, the marking can be affixed to the product via a label. However, from January 1st, 2024, the UKCA marking must be affixed to the product directly.
However, manufacturers must complete the UKCA Declaration of Conformity and prove its compliance with RoHS technical documents.
What about the near future of the UK RoHS
UKCA RoHS may be very different from EU RoHS in terms of restricted substances or regulation scope.