If you are involved in the production or sale of electrical and electronic equipment, you are probably very familiar with the implications of the RoHS Regulations from the EU. But in case you aren’t, here is a brief overview and a guide to how we can help.
RoHS stands for: The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations. It transposes the EU Directive of 2002/95.
These regulations ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of heavy metals. These include:
- Hexavalent chromium
- Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants
At WSP we help our manufacturing clients understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. We address their obligations through developing compliance plans. These detail the resource needs and costs, steps and timing necessary to achieve full conformance as well as their own internal producer responsibility goals.
Our global team is experienced in advising clients on how to respond. We help clients understand:
- How their organisation is affected
- What legislation specifically applies and in which global markets
- Developing supply chain management programmes
- Financial requirements, including guarantees
- Product labeling
- Reporting and data gathering requirements
Communication to management, staff and suppliers of the requirements of the legislation is essential. It will often require wide-spread organisational change across many parts of a business, demanding awareness and action.