Emitech, specialist in tests applicable to electrical and electronic equipments, follow-up with interest the regulations evolution.
This is why, the RoHS and WEEE directives, the REACH regulation and more recently the EuP directive have drawn our attention.
As a reminder, the RoHS directive (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) plan the suppression at the source of certain hazardous material.
The WEEE 2002/96/EC directive precise the requirements in terms of separate collection and plan the treatment and any recovery forms of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
If you are a producer in the meaning of these directives (importer, manufacturer or distributor) of products concerned you have since August 13th 2005 commitments to fullfill : marking obligation (crossed garbage pictogram), design obligation (to facilitate the dismantling of these products and their recovery) and financial obligation or administrative (fee, funding the equipment collection, national register subscription, ...)
A complete life cycle card from the design to the recovery has to be established (report on the equipment material, location of hazardous material, disassembly guide, ...)
The Reach regulation (EC 1907/2006) effective since July 1st 2007. Its frame exceeds the electrical and electronic equipments frame. It concerns the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restrictions of chemicals.
The essential of these requirements have to be consider from the design of your product in order to meet environmental aspects which are more an more becoming economical issue.
Concerning the EuP directive in the frame of the CE marking, our SERCE lab (electrical safety, radio and electromagnetic compatibility) groups your contact who can check the applicable requirements for your product (especially energetic consumption test for on/off and standby mode).
Our Training and Engineering department completes our services to guide you in your eco-design process.