RoHS2 Directive / RoHS recast


RoHS2 Directive/RoHS recast

– The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations contained in the RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) ban the placing on the EU market of new Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) containing more than the set levels of


  • lead
  • cadmium
  • mercury
  • hexavalent chromium
  • polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
  •  polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants

from July 1, 2006 to January 3, 2013, when it was replaced by RoHS2 Directive:

  • Directive 2011/65/EU

RoHS, and RoHS2, aims to minimize or eliminate the use of heavy metals and flame retardants used in the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment.  This directive “encourages” manufacturers to substitute these heavy metals and flame retardants with safer substitutions.  The largest effect, by far, is the removal of lead from the standard lead/tin (Pb/Sn) solder, used in virtually all electronic manufacturing prior to 2002.

The aim of the RoHS recast was also to reduce administrative burdens and ensure coherency with newer policies and legislation covering, for example, chemicals and the new legislative framework for the marketing of products in the European Union. The RoHS Recast Directive summary of changes may be found here:

A helpful FAQ may be found here

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– The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC) sets requirements relating to criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE. It makes producers responsible for financing most of these activities; retailers/distributors also have responsibilities in terms of the take-back of WEEE and the provision of certain information.

The first WEEE Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC) entered into force in February 2003.

The original Directive provided for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their WEEE free of charge. These schemes aim to increase the recycling of WEEE and/or re-use.

In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive in order to tackle the fast increasing waste stream. The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.

McDonald Consulting Group is the first certified implementer of RoHS/WEEE east of the Rockies, and our CEO/CTO was the Lead Auditor for the first-in-the-world registration to this standard.

All of our consultants have been trained in RoHS/WEEE, and we work with you, our clients, to help you comply to the myriad RoHS, WEEE, and HSF 954/QC080000 requirements (including country-specific requirements including China RoHS and Korea RoHS).

QC 080000

– The standard, entitled “Electrical and Electronic Components and Products Hazardous Substance Free Standard and Requirements” has the reference EIA/ECCB-954 and was released in March 2005 and later updated to QC 080000. This standard specifies technical requirements that manufacturers must meet to ensure that their products conform to new environmental limits, including compliance with the European Union (EU) directives for Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). It allows an organization to demonstrate that they are meeting the requirements of RoHS and WEEE, and to receive external 3rd party confirmation of their compliance.

QC 080000 and ISO 9001

Connection to ISO 9001:2008 – QC 080000 calls for the same requirements as ISO 9001 along with additional requirements particular to HSF (Hazardous Substance Free). HSF practices must be integrated into the quality management system planning and included as elements in the quality objectives.

QC 080000 and ISO 14001

differences between QC08000 and iso 14001


similarities between QC08000 and iso 14001