Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

How to comply with the RoHS Regulations

How to become RoHS compliant

If you manufacture, import or distribute (including retailers) , on the EU market, goods covered by the RoHS Regulations you must ensure they do not contain more than a maximum permitted level of the following hazardous substances:

  • lead
  • cadmium
  • mercury
  • hexavalent chromium
  • polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) flame retardants
  • polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.

This maximum concentration is:

  • for cadmium, 0.01 per cent or 1,000 parts per million by weight of homogeneous material, and
  • for any of the other five substances, 0.1 per cent or 100 parts per million by weight of homogeneous material.

The RoHS Regulations 2012 set different obligations on:

  • manufacturers of EEE,
  • their authorised representatives,
  • importers of EEE and
  • distributors of EEE.

If you have more than one of these roles, you will have the corresponding duties from each of those. You, must be able to prove that you are complying with the regulations

The National Measurement Office (NMO) has produced guidance for UK businesses that provides detail on the obligations for each of the cases.

National Measurement Office - Guidance to RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

Further information

National Measurement Office – RohS Guidance

Government guidance notes for RoHS 2

In this Guideline

Businesses affected by the RoHS Regulations

How to comply with the RoHS Regulations

How the RoHS Regulations are enforced

RoHS legislation

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