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EU Member States Identifying Numerous RoHS/POP Non-Conformities

Authorities in European Union (EU) Member States are reportedly identifying significant numbers of non-conformities with the EU’s Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment, and the EU’s Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP).

According to a posting to the Safeguards portal of international testing organization SGS, an analysis of notifications posted to the EU’s Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products (RAPEX) shows that, since late 2018,  “many types of electrical and electronic products have been found to exceed RoHS limits.” In general, the notifications identify excessive content of lead and cadmium in the solders used in the products. In addition, a number of notifications reveal the detection of short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in some plastic materials used in the products, in violation of POP requirements.

The posting is accompanied by a table that provides a non-exhaustive list of recent RoHS and POP-related alerts posted to RAPEX, identifying the type of product, the specific nature of the non-compliance, and the action taken by the surveillance body in the EU member state where the non-compliance was identified.

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Read the complete text of the posting to the SGS Safeguards portal on RoHS/POP non-conformities.

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