The EU has recently announced that standard EN 63000:2018 has officially become the RoHS directive harmonized standard, effective May 18, 2020.

This new standard replaces EN 50581:2012. The new standard provides the due diligence process for manufacturers for showing technical documentation of the assessment of electrical and electronic products (EEE) with regards to the RoHS Directive.

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Manufacturers have been granted a transition period of five years to adapt to the new directive. To transition, OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, and suppliers must update technical support documentation and quality processes to reflect this new standard. For those who have regularly been reporting RoHS, this transition may be seamless.

For those starting to worry about conforming to RoHS, complying to this standard likely will support compliance with other regulations around the world.

Background

This RoHS Directive is one of many in the EU to support its ambitious environmental goals. It has been adopted at an international level and recognized as globally valuable — and it will affect your go-to-market compliance.

“The update of EN 50581 in its new international form EN IEC 63000 is good news for the environment, the European Standardization System and also for manufacturers, who will see regulatory burdens and trade barriers diminish. Furthermore, it is a successful example of the productive cooperation between CENELEC and IEC, in building the global standardization system with a specific attention to the environment,” reports a recent CENELEC news brief.

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