The EU has announced a new harmonized standard to guide manufacturers through assessing the technical documentation required for compliance with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2).
The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) has recently issued details of a new harmonized standard – EN IEC 63000:2018 – which will replace the previous standard EN 50581:2012. The new standard sets out specifications for the technical documentation required for assessing materials, components, and electrical and electronic equipment, with respect to the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances.
EN IEC 63000:2018 is based on the existing international standard IEC 63000:2016, which itself is based on EN 50581:2012. In many ways the existing and the new standards are almost identical, although wording relating to the EU RoHS Directive has been removed. This was done intentionally to address different international substance regulations while allowing the same approach from manufacturers, wherever they operate in the world. IEC 63000:2016 also updated normative references to reflect the latest international developments in analytical test methods and material declaration.
The European Commission, in implementing decision (EU) 2020/659 of May 15, 2020, stipulates that harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 will be withdrawn from November 18, 2021, to be replaced by EN IEC 63000:2018. Stakeholders need to update the reference standard in their Declaration of Conformity to show compliance with Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2).
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Through a global network of laboratories and our requirements experts, SGS offers advisory services on requirements and compliance solutions to support companies affected by this Directive, be it for their conformity assessment or risk management in the supply chain. SGS offers RoHS testing services in laboratories accredited for the international standards applicable to these requirements and SGS RoHS Certification which is a voluntary product certification scheme. Learn more about SGS’s RoHS Services.
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