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Why do you need RoHs Certification?
When you are indulging in anything related to environmental regulations and their compliance, then there is no other substitute rather than acquiring a thorough knowledge about all associated rules. The EU (European Union) has some set of stringent rules and standards, such as RoHS is the one among them that is considered as the vital one.
This abbreviation stands for Restrictions on Hazardous Substances and it was passed in 2003 and further, updated with some new restrictions from time to time. Under this, all the manufacturers of electronics require you to provide evidence that all products are free from any chemicals.
RoHS compliance is so crucial for all people who are competing internationally in the electronics market. Therefore, we are here to discuss all aspects of RoHS that every electronic manufacturer needs to know first.
RoHS is a directive under which all the products are tested for the top 10 banned substances and the test aims at confirming the level of threshold of RoHS. By the RoHS 3, the newest version of the RoHS has included the list of 10 banned substances such as Cadmium, Mercury, Lead, Hexavalent Chromium, and so on. These substances have a limit of around 1000 ppm except cadmium, with a limit of 100 ppm
Is RoHS compliance significant?
Yes, it is too important from the environmental point of view and it is all about reducing pollutants. Therefore, it is vital to comply with all standards and not to use any of the banned substances in any case at all.
Which companies get affected by RoHS?
All type of businesses that distributes some EEE products, components, cables or sub-assemblies directly to all European countries, sells to distributors, integrators or resellers that sell some products within European nations, get affected if they utilize restricted materials at all. Since some regulations of RoHS that spread to a count of some other nations, that it does not apply to any EU nations at all.
Also, RoHS applies to some of the metal industries for an application of anodizing, metal plating, and other finishes on heatsinks, EEE components, or connectors.
Do the regulations of RoHS mandatory all around Europe?
Yes, EE (Electronic & Electronic Equipment) must pass the inspection of RoHS to get sold in any of the European nations. Note that each member of the EU mention implements the regulations of RoHS in a different way, thus electronics manufacturers always planning to import some products into the need of the European Union require to be aware not just with the directives of the EU, but with some individual methods that every nation uses to execute it.
Are there any exemptions from the regulations of RoHS?
Some specific categories, as well as applications, are presently exempted from the compliance of RoHS. All exemptions cover up all different kinds of military, scientific, industrial, medical equipment, and renewable energy. Spare parts for all equipment kept on the market exempted from the compliances of RoHS before July 1st,2006.
Does it apply to other products rather than electronics?
Technically, it is a big no but the manufacturing procedures of products in the European Nations are for sale that in line with the registration across EU, Authorization, Evaluation, and Restriction of Chemicals directive (REACH). All substances as restricted by the RoHS compliance are also restricted somehow by REACH, thus if any product is not under the compliance of RoHS, then it is more likely to be compliant with REACH as well.
All in all, it is implemented to all electronic products rather than some exceptional ones. So, it is valid only for five years and RoHS Certification is required after some new designs, sourcing procedures, or other raw materials.
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