RoHS Regulations Extend to Medical and other Applications

For those of you who are in the field of Medical applications, have you heard that RoHS has extended the scope to cover 8 medical devices along with 9 monitoring and control instrumentations? If you didn’t know, pay close attention because this is for you. If you did know, then congratulations! You probably have everything under control and things are sailing smooth for you, or we hope things are going smooth for you!

As of July 22, 2014 the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) , was extended to Medical and Monitoring and control instruments. These devices were not previously required to comply with RoHS guidelines according to EU directive 2011/65/EU.

With this extension of RoHS now covering these medical devices it means that going forward you must comply with the regulations set by the EU. This could be a stressful time for those who may have delayed the process of adding suppliers to their AVL. If you were proactive as I mentioned above, as I assume all of you reading this were, then you’re standing in pretty good shape. If you are reactive then my friends you might not be having a great time right now. As compliance people it can be very difficult some times to stay up with all the changing regulations and guide lines. I guess it’s the cost of trying to make the world a better place to live. It’s my opinion that the more and more electronics continue to be a bigger part of our lives the more the scopes of RoHS and other environmental compliance regulations will change and broaden.

Here is a list of the devices now included in abiding by all RoHS regulations.

  • Smoke detectors
  • Heating regulators
  • Cardiology
  • Thermostats
  • Measuring, weighing appliances for household or laboratory equipment
  • Other monitoring and control instruments used in industrial installations
  • Radiotherapy equipment
  • Dialysis
  • Pulmonary ventilators
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Analyzers
  • Freezers
  • Fertilizations tests
  • Appliances for detecting, preventing monitoring, treating alleviating illnesses, injury or disability
  • Laboratory equipment for in-vitro diagnosis (although this extension does not currently apply to in-vitro diagnostic devices until July 22, 2016)

If you manufacture any of these devices, take a look at our line-up of surface mount components. All Venkel products are fully compliant with current RoHS2 guidelines.

RoHS Infographic: “RoHS: Past, Present, Future”

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