UK RoHS NWNL Annual Report 2008
No. 14/2009 UK National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) published the RoHS annual report 2008 at 31 March 2009.This report covers the activities of the NWML from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 as the enforcement authority for the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2008 (RoHS).
There are four major issues from UK producers: Scope of the Directive: The main issue for the enforcement agency and producers throughout the European Union was, and remains, the scope of the Directive.
European Consistency: Industry expressed many concerns over the approach, penalty and administration of the RoHS Directive across the European Community.
Production and Distribution Processes: Whilst the European EEE market was coming to grips with the requirements and complexities of RoHS, the challenges of cascading this knowledge to the organizations behind the European producers became apparent.
Testing: There is a lack of standardization of testing and sample preparation for assessing the concentration of the restricted substance within a homogenous material. During 2008 – 2009 NWML has delivered these objectives through education, promotion and direct engagement with the producers of electrical and electronic equipment and with other engaged interested bodies. Some highlights of the delivery include the following:
An enquiry service that has responded to and logged over 1000 individual enquiries from a broad range of sources
An information website providing information and support to industry that received over 9 million hits in the first year and continues to maintain around 6 million hits per year
Provided speakers for conferences raising awareness and providing support through intermediaries
Attended exhibitions to raise awareness within specific market sectors
Effective use of our own screening test laboratory
Direct investigation of over 250 individual companies resulting in the establishing of 12 improvement plans, 3 EU notifications, 4 product withdrawals, 5 Compliance notices and 3 warning letters
Chairing the EU cooperation group of enforcement bodies to promote the consistency of RoHS delivery Information Source
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