On May 15, 2020, the European Commission issued the European Commission implementation decision (EU) 2020 / 6591 to coordinate the standard EN IEC 63000:2018 - Evaluation of technical documents on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products (IEC 63000:2016), replacing the harmonized technical documentation standard EN 50581:2012 to ensure the conformity assessment of 2011 / 65 / EU (RoHS 2) directive. The previous en 50581:2012 standard will be withdrawn on November 18, 2021.
EN 50581:2012 What is the standard?
In order to guide manufacturers to produce technical documents correctly, the European Commission has initiated the process of developing harmonized standards. On September 21, 2012, the European Commission for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) released the first harmonized standard EN 50581:2012. This Harmonized Standard establishes specifications for the evaluation of technical documentation for materials, components, and electrical and electronic equipment with respect to the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances.
New standard EN IEC 63000:2018 What is it?
EN IEC 63000:2018 - technical documentation for the evaluation of hazardous substance limits in electrical and electronic products, detailing the technical documentation that the manufacturer must collect to declare compliance with the applicable hazardous substance limits. The implementation of this standard ensures the EEE assessment of hazardous substances restrictions, thus increasing trust in EEE manufacturers.
Recently, CENELEC's existing harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 has been revised, and the new version of the harmonized standard EN IEC 63000:2018 has been adopted. The new standard EN IEC 63000:2018 is based on the existing international standard IEC 63000:2016. At the same time, the international standard is derived from the harmonized standard EN 50581:2012.
Similarities and differences between new and old standards
Same as: The new standard is basically the same as the old one in terms of the necessary requirements for technical documents.
Difference: one The new standard removes the EU RoHS Directive specific terms, which are designed to address different regulations on restricted substances worldwide and to ensure that manufacturers around the world use the same assessment methods;
2. The new standard updates the normative references of the old standard to reflect the latest development of international analytical testing methods and material statements;
3. The implementation of the new standard will ensure that the electronic and electrical equipment will be effectively evaluated in terms of hazardous substance restrictions, so as to strengthen the trust of relevant parties on the manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment (EEE).
Implementation time of new standards and transition time of old standards
In order to give manufacturers enough time to adapt their products to the new uniform standard, the European Commission implemented decision (EU) 2020 / 659 of 15 May 2020, stipulating that the harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 should be withdrawn from November 18, 2021.
Considering that the existing harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 is about to be withdrawn and a large number of products on the market have already cited this standard in their declaration of conformity, manufacturers need to switch to the new standard EN IEC 63000:2018 to prove compliance with the EU ROHS 2 directive. However, during the transitional period, both standards can be used to prove RoHS compliance, but only en IEC 63000:2018 will be accepted thereafter.