Conformity certificates will not satisfy RoHS legislation enforcer

Bush, Steve
November 2005
Electronics Weekly;11/9/2005, Issue 2217, p1
Trade Publication
This article reports that equipment manufacturers will be at risk if they rely only on certificates of conformity to prove they have complied with British Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) legislation which comes into force next July. RoHS legislation provides a due diligence defence against being convicted of selling products that contain too much of six banned substances including lead, cadmium and mercury. Due diligence requires that all reasonable steps have been taken to avoid committing the offence. However, what all reasonable steps are only becomes clear retrospectively, once cases have been tried.


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