The RoHS Regulations 2008

Reference: UK/2008/SI/37

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2008 (RoHS Regulations) transpose EU rules into UK law.

The Regulations apply to organisations that deal with electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and contain data and information management requirements.

EU directives

Original Directive

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2008 (RoHS) implement the European Parliament & Council Directive 2002/95/EC (OJ No L37, 13.3.2003, p.19) on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, as amended by Decision 2005/618/EC (OJ No L214, 19.8.05, p.65) establishing maximum concentration values for certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

They apply to electrical and electronic equipment within the categories set out in Schedule 1, to electric light bulbs, and to luminaries for use in households. New equipment put on the market must not contain more than the permissible maximum concentration values of hazardous substances. Producers must retain technical documentation demonstrating compliance for a period of four years from the date of putting on the market and must submit such technical documentation or other information to the market surveillance authority on request.

The RoHS Regulations came into force on 1 February 2008, but replace similar Regulations that came into force on 1 July 2006.

New Directive

In 2011, the European Union introduced a new Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electronical and Electronic Equipment. Whilst the original policy of the RoHS Directive to protect human health and the environment across the European single market remains the same the new Directive brings forward changes to:

  • Broaden the scope of products covered
  • Require the ”CE” and other marking of compliant products and new conformity assessment procedures
  • Provide for new exclusions from scope
  • Provide for new criteria for the application and duration of exemptions
  • Introduces an end date after which non-compliant product cannot be made available.

Please visit the UK consultation website for further information plus E RADAR article

Supervision and enforcement

The regime is supervised by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

The National Measurement Office is the UK enforcing authority for the RoHS Regulations. It can request paperwork from you that shows your products comply with RoHS. They will buy your products to test them for compliance.

If the National Measurement Office requests information, you have 28 days to prepare and submit it.

You must keep paperwork that shows your EEE products are RoHS compliant. You must keep these records for four years after placing your products on the market.

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