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RoHS and REACH - Compliance Requirements and Differences between the two

If you are a manufacturer, importer, or a distributor, of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placing products on the UK market, understanding ROHS and REACH compliance is vital. Compliance protects your products from stop shipments and fines. It helps meet the requirements of customers and governments globally. It also minimizes waste, scrap, and rework, enhances the brand and fosters your alignment with suppliers.

What are the compliance RoHS and REACH requirements? What are the differences between them? What steps should you take to comply? This article explains.

Understanding RoHS

RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. It is an 'EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in EEE and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment.' The directive which is in force since 2003, also supports effective recovery, reuse, and recycling of products. 

Understanding REACH

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals. It is a regulation of the European Union.

  • Regulation number 1907/2006
  • Concerns chemicals and their safe use
  • Has a defined process that must be followed for risk and chemical management
  • New substances are added to the candidate list every 6-9 month
  • Proposed SVHCs (Substance of very high concern) are put to a 45-day public comment

Attend the seminar REACH and RoHS Compliance: Protecting Revenues with Advanced Compli... to gain a deeper understanding of the specifics of REACH and RoHS regulations, examine case studies and learn from the mistakes of others. The seminar will draw out key developments and key dates (if applicable) with particular emphasis on requirements for US firms.

The course instructor Ms. Eisenhardt has over 20 years of experience in IT and Compliance Software Development, her former roles include: Executive Director of Environmental Programs, at Fair Factories Clearinghouse; Environmental Compliance Manager and Design for Environment programs at EMC Corporation; and Director of Product Management at PTC Corporation for Windchill Product Analytics - an environmental compliance software.

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