SAFEGUARDS | Electrical & Electronics NO. 117/19
RoHS 2 (2011/65/EU) for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) came into effect on January 2, 2013, superseding its predecessor, 2002/95/EC, (RoHS 1), which came into effect on July 1, 2006. One of the key additions was the requirement for EEE to be CE marked, which demanded more robust production controls and traceability in the technical files. Failure to show compliance with sufficiently detailed files became a criminal offence.
RoHS 2 requires the creation of a declaration of conformity and describes two methods for achieving presumption of conformity, either through technical files containing test data for materials, components and EEE or by demonstrating compliance with a harmonized standard published in the EU official journal for the directive. Until now, the only harmonized standard accepted as showing compliance with RoHS 2 is EN 50581. This standard on technical documentation should not be confused with analytical test standards of the EN 62321-x family describing chemical testing of materials, components and EEE for certain substances.
Initially developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and now adopted by CENELEC, EN IEC 63000 provides guidance on the technical documentation for the assessment of EEE, with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances. It was published to provide an international standard for RoHS related regulations, worldwide. EN IEC 63000 is extensively based on EN 50581:2012, which it will supersede.
EN IEC 63000:2018 specifies the technical documentation a manufacturer must compile to declare compliance with the RoHS 2 Directive. Implementation of the standard ensures EEE have been correctly assessed in respect to the restriction of hazardous substances. It also increases trust in EE manufacturers.
In terms of necessary technical documentation requirements, EN IEC 63000 is almost identical to the text of EN 50581, although to increase its international reach, it has removed wording specific to RoHS 2. The newer standard also updates the normative references in EN 50581:2012 to reflect the latest international development of analytical test methods and material declaration.
A period of five years (60 months) has been granted for manufacturers to transition from EN 50581:2012 to EN IEC 63000:2018. This means, that both standards can be used to prove RoHS compliance until the transition period has expired, but only EN IEC 63000:2018 will be accepted thereafter. 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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