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Product check and advice on REACH, RoHS, CE & Co.

If you sell electronic products, you must not only comply with Germany’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), but often also with other regulations and laws, such as REACH, RoHS, CE and EuP. These laws and regulations make concrete demands of you in areas such as product safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio characteristics.

Manufacturers of products are responsible for checking which directives and laws their products must comply with. Only products that fulfil all the legal requirements are allowed to be sold.

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Marktfähigkeitstest Beratung RohS REACH CE

We support manufacturers of electronic devices in selling their products in compliance with the legal requirements. In collaboration with Umweltkanzlei Dr. Rhein – Beratungs- und Prüfgesellschaft mbH, we offer manufacturers advice and a comprehensive product check. Our service for you:

  • Marketability checklist: Compiling a list of all the legal requirements which your products have to meet.
  • Marketability test: Compiling a list of all the legal requirements which your products have to meet plus checking whether your electrical equipment already fulfil those requirements.
  • Product data sheets: Safety data sheets for your electronic devices that summarise the safety-related information about the product as well as any work and environmental safety requirements that may apply. These can be used internally or passed on to your customers.
  • Advice on issue such as REACH, RoHS, CE and EuP

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Ist Ihr Business vom Elektrogesetz (ElektroG) betroffen?

Legal background: Germany’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (WEEE Directive) came into force in Germany on 24th March 2005. It transposes the European WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC into national law and governs the sale, return and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. The aim of the WEEE Directive is to increase the percentage of electrical appliances taken back in the end of their life in order to protect the environment. The law requires manufacturers, distributors or importers of electrical equipment to contribute to the cost of disposing it (extended producer responsibility or responsibility for taking back and disposing of electrical appliances). For this purpose the Federal Environment Agency (German: “Umweltbundesamt”) set up stiftung ear. Before they start to sell their products, manufacturers are obliged to register at stiftung ear and apply for a WEEE number.

 

Legal background: REACH

REACH is a European regulation (EC 1907/2006), which came into force on 1st June 2007. It applies to all manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers selling their products in the European Union. According to REACH, companies are responsible for the safety of their products and must know what chemical substances the products contain. Depending on the substances contained, different obligations may be imposed in terms of product registration, authorisation and information exchange. The legislators’ aim is to protect consumer health and the environment from hazardous chemicals.

 

Legal background: RoHS

RoHS is a European directive (2011/65/EU), which came into force in January 2013, replacing its predecessor (2002/95/EC). RoHS manages the use of hazardous substances in electrical equipment. In Germany, the European directive was implemented in the form of the Ordinance on Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The aim of this ordinance is to ban chemicals from electronic products such as lead, mercury and chromium that may be harmful to health or the environment. Companies must be able to prove that they comply with RoHS. Compliance with European Directive 2011/65/EU is a condition for receiving permission to attach the CE mark to one’s products.

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