The recast Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive will be transposed into UK law during 2012. The number of restricted substances will remain the same, but the processes used by companies to demonstrate conformity may need to change because the Directive is ‘CE’ marking. Effectively this is a declaration by the manufacturer that the product meets all of the mandated provisions of relevant European standards. CE marking provides customers with reassurance of product quality compliance.
Under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation, the European Chemicals Agency agrees on the identification of ‘Substances of Very High Concern’ for the Candidate List, which AMDEA circulates to its members.
Both these pieces of legislation aim to identify substances harmful to human health or the environment which may be banned altogether, phased out over time, and/or have their use licensed.