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RoHS Directive

24th Nov 2011

The attached notes explain the potential implications of the new RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) on manufacturers, importers and suppliers of both automatic and non-automatic weighing instruments.

Most weighing instruments fall within the category of “monitoring and control instruments” (Category 9 of Annex 1 (2002/95/EC). It is important to note that the previous RoHS Directive did not cover this category. Many types of weighing instruments have, however, been made compliant if they were components of other systems. An example of this would be NAWI’s in EPOS systems, which were considered to be part of a system that fell within the category of IT equipment.

It is important that you confirm whether the instruments that you supply are already compliant with the Directive. If the instruments do not already comply, you must ensure that steps are taken to ensure that they are. The date that this must be achieved by is the 22nd July 2014.

It is likely that the major impact on members will be with regard to record keeping which will now apply at all economic operators within the supply chain, including distributors. This will be the new obligation compared to the previous obligations. These records must be in place by the 22nd July 2014.

RoHS Directive
RoHS Guidance Notes

The enforcement body for these regulations is the NMO and they will produce some Guidance Notes in due course.

If you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ian Turner
Technical Officer

Industry Associations