EN IEC 63000 Approved for Demonstrating Presumption of Conformity with EU RoHS 2
EN IEC 63000:2018 has been approved by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) as demonstrating presumption of conformity with the requirements of European Union (EU) Directive 2011/65/EU, known as RoHS 2.
EN IEC 63000 was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to provide a global standard for manufacturers to follow in relation to restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) regulations. It specifies the technical documentation a manufacturer must compile.
With the approval EN IEC 63000:2018 by CENELEC, it can now be used to declare compliance with the European Union’s (EU) RoHS 2 (2011/65/EU) for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). Utilizing the standard will help manufacturers of EEE ensure they have correctly assessed their products, increasing trust in their products and the industry,
RoHS 2 came into effect on January 2, 2013, superseding 2002/95/EC, (RoHS 1). The key difference between the two was the requirement for EEE to be CE marked. This demanded more robust production controls and traceability in the technical files. It also made failure to show compliance with sufficiently detailed files a criminal offence.
Manufacturers can achieve presumption of conformity with RoHS 2, according to the information in the harmonized standard, by collecting relevant information in the technical file. This should contain either one or a combination of the following pieces of information:
• Analytical test results
• Material declarations
• Supplier declarations and/or contractual agreements
Until the adoption of EN IEC 63000:2018, the only accepted harmonized standard was EN 50581. EN IEC 63000 is extensively based on EN 50581 and is therefore almost identical. It differs in that it has an increased international reach and specific references to RoHS 2 have been removed. EN IEC 63000:2018 also updates the normative references in EN 50581:2012 to reflect the latest international developments in analytical test methods and material declaration.
Manufacturers have been given a period of five years (60 months) to transition from EN 50581:2012 to EN IEC 63000:2018. During this period both standards can be used to prove RoHS 2 compliance. When this period has elapsed, only EN IEC 63000:2018 will be accepted. Until then it may be expected that EN IEC 63000:2018 will replace its predecessor EN 50581:2012 as foreseen by the European Commission Internal Market Policies.
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