Home EU Introduces New Harmonized Standard for Technical Documentation Under RoHS

EU Introduces New Harmonized Standard for Technical Documentation Under RoHS

Press Release: July 07, 2020

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in implementing decision (EU) 2020/659 of May 15, 2020, stipulates that harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 will be withdrawn from November 18, 2021, to be replaced by EN IEC 63000:2018.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).


SGS RoHS Services

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.


SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full New Harmonized Standard EN IEC 63000:2018 Announced by EU Commission SafeGuardS. 


Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox.


For further information contact:


Martin Du

Technical Supervisor, EET RSTS

Tel: (86) 755 2532 8761

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

Website: www.sgs.com/ee

LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail


About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Ben Christie

Tel: 01892711240

Email: ben@sugarloafmarketing.co.uk

Visit the newsroom of: Ben Christie