UK RoHS Update, April 2022

UK RoHS Update: on April 8, 2022, the United Kingdom released an important update to its RoHS legislation. There is an amendment in the “How to Comply” section in relation to the technical documentation. 

UK RoHS Update: on April 8, 2022, the UK released an important update to its RoHS legislation.
On April 8, 2022, the United Kingdom released an important update to its RoHS legislation | Graphics: Ellina Goncharova from Alura Group

RoHs, a quick overview

The regulation on Restriction of Hazardous Substances lays down rules on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). It is designed to contribute to the protection of human health and the environment. Consequently, this includes the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste EEE. If you produce, import, or distribute electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) for the UK market, you must ensure that levels of certain hazardous substances and chemicals are not exceeded.

Numerous types of electronics (EEE) are regulated in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to restrict the quantities of dangerous substances and chemicals they contain, with the goal of safeguarding human and animal health. All products included in the scope must:

  • demonstrate compliance, and have supporting technical documentation (commonly referred to as a technical file);
  • have a Declaration of Conformity;
  • labeled with the required information; and
  • display the appropriate conformity marking for the GB and/ or NI markets as appropriate

The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (as amended) are the underpinning legislation. This is for Great Britain as well as for Northern Ireland. However, there are differences in how they apply in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain operates its own exemptions system, independent of the EUexemptions system. Northern Ireland continues to follow the EU exemptions system.

UK RoHS Update: Check the Latest Documentation

The ‘How to comply’ section is amended in relation to technical documentation and notifications guidance and form updated. We kindly refer to the official UK government page that published this update: Guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors.

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