Mix of services to provide RoHS help - Embedded.com

Mix of services to provide RoHS help

LONDON — TUV Product Service/BABT has introduced the RoHS Total Lifecycle Solution to assist equipment producers in understanding their obligations under the RoHS Directive, demonstrating compliance, and communicating their objectives internally and through the supply chain. This solution is applicable anywhere within the product lifecycle. For producers new to the directive, TUV PS/BABT provides a range of consultancy services through a partnership with technical information provider ERA Technology. It includes a quick guide, a one-day public course, a half-day bespoke RoHS familiarisation review, and a one-day awareness course for up to 50 people within an organisation.

A RoHS Mark can be placed upon equipment, packaging and product-related advertising following certification of a product, which involves a technical file assessment and a one-day audit of the manufacturing system. There is an option for either technical file assessment or manufacturing system audit as a statement of RoHS Readiness for the product or the manufacturing process respectively.

The TUV PS/BABT Production Certification Scheme provides an assessment of on-going controls and processes used in manufacture. This will assist in the demonstration of due diligence for initial and on-going compliance of products, demonstrating capability for RoHS compliant manufacture through a RoHS Ready Certificate, and conferring the option of using the RoHS Mark on a segment of the Octagon logo.

Replacing lead solder with a suitable alternative can often lead to PCB re-design, which can jeopardise compliance with other EC Directives. For this eventuality, TUV PS/BABT has developed a range of services including: an expert RoHS Risk Assessment with a recommendation of a course of action for either individual or multiple directives; a RoHS Robustness check (RoRo) which compares old and new products, using Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and providing confidence in the change in robustness; a similar RoRo check for new products; and a full range of EMC, telecoms and safety CE marking testing and environmental simulation services.

Since RoHS legislation will evolve over time, TUV PS/BABT has developed an information update service, which can also be customised as a RoHS Radar service to review and report changes against specific client requirements or scope of activity. This service is supported by a RoHS compliance portal presenting background information, useful links, an introduction to the RoHS Total Lifecycle Solution, an opportunity to sign up for updates, and more.

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