From our phone to toaster, many everyday items contain potentially hazardous substances that could harm both environment and human health.
That’s where RoHS certification comes in. This standard ensures that manufacturers limit or eliminate certain toxic materials from their products, making them safer for consumers and kinder to our planet.
In this post, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about RoHS certification and why it matters more than ever before.
What is RoHS certification?
RoHS certification is the process of demonstrating that a product or material meets the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
The Directive prohibits the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It places restrictions on the maximum concentrations of these substances that are permitted.
To obtain RoHS certification, manufacturers must provide evidence that their products comply with the Directive’s requirements.
This evidence can take the form of test reports from independent laboratories, declarations of conformity from the manufacturer, or certificates issued by third-party certification bodies.
The RoHS Directive applies to all electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the European Union, regardless of whether it is manufactured inside or outside the EU.
Manufacturers who sell products that do not comply with the Directive may be subject to enforcement action, including fines and recall of their products.
What products need to be RoHS certified?
The European Union’s RoHS directive took effect on July 1, 2006, and restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
The six restricted materials are lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). The directive covers products such as computers, televisions, digital cameras and mobile phones.
Manufacturers must ensure that products covered by the directive bear the CE mark and comply with the other relevant provisions of EU law before placing them on the market.
Manufacturers ensure compliance with the RoHS directive through self-certification.
The benefits of RoHS certification
The benefits of RoHS certification are many and varied, but can be summarized as follows:
1. compliance with mandatory requirements for the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment;
2. avoidance of potential regulatory penalties;
3. improved public relations and customer confidence;
4. enhanced marketability of products; and
5. a competitive edge over non-certified products.
How to get RoHS certified
There are four steps to getting RoHS certified:
1. Find a testing laboratory that is accredited by your country’s recognized accreditation body. In the U.S., this would be the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
2. Make sure the lab you choose can perform all the tests required for RoHS certification.
3. Once you have selected a lab, send them your product samples along with any other required paperwork.
4. After the tests are complete, the lab will issue a certificate if your product meets all RoHS requirements.
RoHS certification is an important part of ensuring that products are safe for the environment. Manufacturing processes that comply with these regulations help to protect our health and planet by reducing hazardous substances in products.
Companies should always strive to meet or exceed RoHS certificate requirements in order to ensure their customers safety as well as their own reputation as a responsible manufacturer.
With this knowledge, consumers can make informed decisions about which products best suit their needs without having to worry about potential harm from harmful chemicals or materials.