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The EN 50581European Standard was published in September 2012 and officially endorsed by the European Commission in December 2012 as an approved method for compliance with RoHS2 Technical Documentation requirements. The standard provides a risk management system which enables manufacturers to rely on objective evidence of RoHS2 compliance provided by their suppliers. EU RoHS regulatory authorities expect companies to adopt the EN 50581 standard or provide evidence that their compliance approach provides equivalent quality levels.

BOMcheck consolidated the BOMcheck Industry Steering Group’s experience in complying with substances restrictions and CE marking directives to help write the EN 50581 Standard for RoHS2 Technical Documentation in 2012.  We did this by taking an early draft of the EN 50581 standard and writing a draft guide on how the Steering Group companies would comply with these draft requirements in practice. We then organized several workshops to discuss the draft guide with the European Commission RoHS2 Working Group, the UK Government RoHS2 Regulators and the UK Government RoHS2 Enforcement Agency. This approach enabled the BOMcheck Steering Group companies to provide practical feedback to highlight the strengths and weaknesses in the draft standard so that the final standard could be improved to meet regulators needs and also the industry needs.

When the final standard was published we used the experience and understanding we gained from interacting with the regulators to publish the final version of the BOMcheck Guide to Using BOMcheck and EN 50581 to Comply with RoHS2 Technical Documentation Requirements, which you can download free-of-charge at www.bomcheck.net/rohs.  The final version of the Guide has been reviewed by the European Commission RoHS2 Working Group, the UK Government RoHS2 Regulators and the UK Government RoHS2 Enforcement Agency.