EAEU RoHS: Determining Compliance by using EU RoHS Data

Question: Can compliance data used for the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Chemicals (RoHS) Directive be used to determine compliance with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) RoHS Directive?

Answer: There are many similarities between EU RoHS and EAEU RoHS (sometimes referred to as “Russian RoHS”), but there are also some differences.

 The chemicals restricted under the EAEU RoHS Directive are the same “original six” chemicals listed by EU RoHS 2, so EU RoHS Directive compliance data can be used to verify whether products contain these same six chemicals for EAEU RoHS Directive compliance.

Additionally, the EU RoHS and EAEU RoHS directives have similar product scopes, although the scoping guidelines are not identical with the EAEU RoHS Directive, and fewer products are in scope. Furthermore, while exemptions are similar between both directives, there are some differences. The exemptions are also numbered differently in both directives.

Depending on your situation, EU RoHS compliance data may provide enough information to establish EAEU RoHS compliance. However, it is important to be aware of the differences between the two directives and to consider the data carefully, especially if your products have substances over threshold and exemptions are used.

Article is current as of 2020-04-03.

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