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RoHS and WEEE Compliance

The 2002/95/EC Directive on the Restriction of the use of

Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

(the RoHS Directive) takes effect on July 1, 2006. Products

sold in European markets after the effective date will not be

allowed to contain certain levels of mercury, cadmium, haxavalent

chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, or lead, including lead solders.

The 2002/96/EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic

Equipment (the WEEE Directive) takes effect on August 13, 2005.

After this date, new equipment placed on the market within

Europe must comply with the requirements of the WEEE directive

which aim to ensure that products can be easily broken down, or

 recycled at the end of the life cycle. For example instructions on how

to recycle batteries from a cell phone or glass from a television screen.

Intertek offers a full range of RoHS compliance and WEEE compliance

services, including Documentation Reviews, Bill of Materials/Product

Analysis, Materials Screening, Full Verification Testing, and Training

on the requirements of each directive.

Intertek's fast turnaround on all RoHS Directive projects allows you

to quickly and accurately verify the compliance of your products.

RoHS Compliance and WEEE Compliance Information Center

With millions of electrical and electronic products being introduced

to the market each year, concern has continued to grow regarding the

environmental impact of these products. Manufacturers, private-label

branders, and importers and exporters will soon be required by regulatory

bodies to minimize the threat their products present to the environment

and to human health and safety.

Based on the need to limit a products environmental impact, the European

Parliament published in the official journal two complementary directives

(RoHS & WEEE) on ecology preservation:

The 2002/95/EC Directive on the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances

in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the RoHS Directive);

The 2002/96/EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

(the WEEE Directive).

What products are affected?

It is essential to know how RoHS compliance and WEEE compliance

will affect you. The introduction of these directives now puts stringent

requirements on almost all consumer and commercial electrical and

electronic products sold in Europe, including:

Large household appliances - Refrigerators, freezers, cookers, washing

machines, tumble dryers etc.

Small household appliances - Vacuum cleaners, toasters, coffee makers,

hair dryers, clocks, watches, scales etc.

IT & telecom equipment - Computers, printers, scanners, calculators,

fax machines, phones, mobile phones etc.

Consumer electronics - Televisions, radios, video recorders, DVD players,

cameras etc.

Lighting - Non-household fluorescent lamps, discharge lamps etc.

Electrical & electronic tools - Drills, saws, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers

, leaf blowers, spraying equipment, riveting, nailing and screwing tools etc.

Toys, leisure & sports equipment - Electric trains, car racing sets, hand-held

video game consoles, video games, computers for biking, diving, running,

rowing, coin slot machines, and sports equipment with electric or electronic

components etc.

Medical devices* - Products used for detecting, preventing, monitoring

or alleviating illness, injury or disability.

Monitor & control instruments* - Smoke detectors, thermostats, measuring,

weighing or adjusting appliances for household or laboratory use and

industrial monitoring and control instruments. Automatic dispensers C

Dispensers automatically delivering goods, such as drinks, confectionary,

money etc.

*Medical devices and monitor & control instruments are exempt from

the RoHS Directive.

The only product types not affected are large scale, stationary industrial

tools or equipment, filament light bulbs and household luminaires.

What are the specific requirements of the RoHS Directive and WEEE Directive?

RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive bans the use of certain restricted substances in end

products, which prevents the substances from entering waste streams. According

to the directive, new electrical equipment placed on the market within Europe

cannot contain more than maximum allowable levels of:

Lead

Cadmium

Mercury

Hexavalent chromium

Polybrominated bipenyl (PBB)

Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Certain brominated flame-retardants (BFRS)

Among the RoHS Directive's largest impacts to manufacturers is the

transition from the use of lead solders to lead-free solders. It is

crucial that manufacturers understand how RoHS compliance and WEEE

compliance will affect you as well as the impact that this change could

have on product design and overall product performance.

WEEE Directive

The WEEE Directive covers the waste management of electrical

and electronic products and requires that new equipment placed on

the market within Europe must comply with the collection,

treatment, recycling and recovery requirements of the directive.

These requirements aim to ensure that products can be easily

broken down, reused or recycled at the end of the life cycle.

Why EUT?

Once we have reviewed your Bill of Materials and/or product

samples we will work with you to develop a test plan specific

to your product requirements. Whether its Documentation Review,

Materials Screening, or Full Verification Testing we will quickly conduct

the appropriate analysis or testing to ensure you are meeting the

requirements of each directive.

Our experience and industry expertise allows us to provide fast

turnaround on all RoHS Directive projects. Taking advantage of

EUT's RoHS testing and WEEE testing services will provide

you with quick and accurate verification of your product

compliance. If non-compliances are identified we will work

with you to recommend the appropriate next steps to ensure you

are in full compliance by the effective dates of each directi

Nickel Release Directive(94/27/EC)

What is Nickel Release Directive,?

European Community (EC) has published in 1994, which

restrict the content of nickel in products intended in contact

with the skin. For example, necklaces, bracelets, ear rings,

watch straps, rivet button, etc. The directive restricts the use

of nickel in products intended in direct and prolonged contact

with the skin on the basis that such products may cause to allergic

reactions. The limit for the rate of nickel released must be less than

0.5g /cm2/week. For piercing units, earrings, for instance, the total

nickel content must be less than 0.05%

New Test Method

On 1999July 20, the EC published a new test method which

covers reference test methods for the determination of total nickel

content (EN 1810:1999); the release of nickel from products

without coating and intended in direct and prolonged contact with the

skin (EN 1811:1999); and wear and corrosion test for the detection

of nickel release from products with coating (EN 12472:1999). All

member states have banned the manufacture and import of products

not conforming with the Directive from 2000 July 20.

Nickel Release Directive

OEN

Reference

Title of the standards

Year of the ratification

CEN

EN 18101999

Reference test method for the determination of total nickel content by flame atomic absorption spectrometry

1999

CEN

EN 18111999

Reference test method for the release of nickel from products without coating intended in direct and prolonged contact with the skin

1999

CEN

EN 124721999

Method for the simulation of wear and corrosion for the detection of nickel released from coated items

1999

 

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Testing of Leather

Material/Products

PCP Impact

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) has long been used as a fungicide in

consumer articles made of leather. Over the past 10 years, a close

 relationship has been found between the use of preservatives containing

Pentachlorophenol and the health of their users. The symptoms include

 headaches, abdominal pains, vomiting and damage to the

 central nervous system.

German Safety Standard and Regulation

The German Federal Government has issued a decree which

states the maximum concentration of PCP and its related

substances cannot exceed 5 mg/kg or 5 p.p.m., applies to those

products have been treated with PCP as well as PCP salts and

compounds products. All export products to German market are

required to pass the above test.

Our Testing Lab Facilities

To meet your needs and provide better testing services, we can

provide testing services for the PCP analysis by using

High. Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) technique.

Chemical testing / Hazardous material testing

Commodities such as toys or childcare products, clothes or

blankets, watches or ear rings, furniture or room decoration

materials, cooking devices or food contact materials, are in such

close contact to each of us, that product safety and quality become

a constant concern of the public and consumers. Along with the

effort of the manufacturers to reduce the product liability risk,

EUT Testing provides diversified services of commodity testing.

Toys approval for European and North American market

EU Toys Safety Directive 88/378/EEC

US consumer safety specification on toy safety ASTM F963-96a

Canadian Hazardous Products (Toys) Regulations Safe material for food devices

German Food and Commodities Law, LMBG 30 & 31

EU directives 90/128/EEC series

Code of Federal Regulation USA CFR 177

Reduced hazardous materials in textiles and leather 

Phosphoric organic substances Organotin compounds Azo dyes / Allergizing dyes

PCP

Formaldehyde

Chromium VI

Nickel release

ko-Tex Standard 100

Chemical testing for electrical products

Ozone test according to EN 60335-2-65

Formaldehyde test of home appliances for heating

LMBG 30 & 31 test of electrical products with contact to food

Flame retardants and heavy metals

Heavy metals for batteries

Chemical testing for environmental concern

Total cadmium content for 91/338/EEC and Netherlands

Cadmium Decree, 1999

Heavy metals test of packaging waste Test service of Eco label

for chemcial product , e.g. paint ,

detergent etc...

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