RoHS, short for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, is specific to the European Union. The law revolves revolves the handling of hazardous materials, ranging from the manufacturing to the disposal of the material. While created inside of Europe for members of the European Union, other regions around the world have utilized and created offshoots of the RoHS. This includes nations throughout Asia (China, Japan and South Korea) and versions of it inside of North America as well. Manufacturers of hazardous material must become RoHS compliant in order to sell and distribute the product inside of the European Union, which is exactly why it is so vital for a company to obtain these credentials. The specific process set in place to assist these companies is rather straight forward though, so it should not prove difficult to follow through with the RoHS certification and RoHS compliance regulations.
In order to obtain the certification, it is necessary to seek out a third party company that provides test reports of the material, material declarations directly from the supplier and what is known as a Declarations of Conformity. It is all about testing the material, making sure its housing, manufacturing and distributing is aligned with the set forward regulations of RoHS,
When working with these third party organizations, they test the presence of different chemical compounds and components, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and polybrominated biphenyls.
For a business to ensure it remains compliant and knows how to not only become certified but remain certified, it needs to undergo training. First, when the inspection services comes into the company, they point out where potential improvements can be made. It is then up to the business to make these improvements. This consultation service can work with the business though, in order to make sure the necessary upgrades are made correctly and done so in accordance to RoHS certification standards. The training and assistance also helps with the employees as well. The consultation services can also help a business know if they also must adhere to WEEE as well.
WEEE is short for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Chances are, if a business works with the hazardous material covered under RoHS, they likely also fall under the same category with WEEE as well. The consultation can help assist with the required upgrades and training to go along with the WEEE as well. Remaining compliant with both of these services is very important, otherwise a failure can result in a government shutdown, fines and other problems with the business practice as well.
After the consultation services have been adhered to, it is possible to bring in the government official to perform all necessary testing. As long as the business followed through with the recommendations of the consultant, the testing of chemicals present, how it is manufactured and distributed should all go smoothly, resulting in the certification being awarded.