Expanded PCBC S.A. accreditation for RoHS II - PCBC S.A.

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Created: 19/07/2016

We are pleased to inform that Laboratory of Fertilizers and Chemical Products of PCBC Branch Office in Piła following the evaluation process performed by the Polish Centre for Accreditation obtained expansion of  accreditation by screening of electrical and electronic equipment.

The new scope of accreditation no. AB006 includes complete set of testing, both screening and chemical one, referring to requirements defined in the RoHS (2011/65/UE) directive.

At the same time please remember that according to legal regulations the electrical and electronic equipment is subject to mandatory testing for lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated compounds (PBB, PBDE). The Laboratory gives detailed information concerning testing in the scope of conformity with the RoHS.

What is RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)?

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council published on 8 June 2011 on limitation of the use  of some hazardous substances in the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) RoHS 2011/65/EU (so called RoHS 2), is the “new approach” directive which replaces the directive RoHS 2002/95/WE valid to date.

Which products are subject to requirement s of the RoHS 2 directive?
1. Large-size household equipment
2. Small-size household equipment
3. IT and Communications equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8. Medical devices
9. Monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic dispensers
11. Other EEE not covered by any of these categories
12. Components and raw materials used for manufacturing of  EEE

Which substances are subject to restrictions for use in electrical and electronic equipment?

The RoHS 2 directive describes maximum permissible content of the following substances in homogenous materials:

> lead (Pb): 0,1 %
> cadmium (Cd): 0,01 %
> mercury (Hg): 0,1 %
> hexavalent chromium (Cr+6): 0,1 %
> polybrominated biphenyls (PBB): 0,1 %
> polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE): 0,1 %

Where testing of EEE for conformity the RoHS 2 directive may be ordered?
Laboratory of the Polish Centre for Testing and Certification, Branch Office for Testring and Certification in Piła performs testing of electrical and electronic equipment and components using for this purpose  testing methodology defined in EN 62321 standards harmonized in the scope of conformity with the RoHS 2 Directive.

The laboratory has an equipment necessary to conduct RoHS  2 testing:

> x-ray fluorescence spectrometer  ED-XRF
> plasma spectrometer ICP-OES with inductively coupled plasma
> atomic absorption spectrometer AAS
> gas chromatograph GC-MS
> appropriate necessary auxiliary equipment

Since 20 December 1993 the laboratory has the Accreditation Certificate of Testing Laboratory no.  AB 006 stating that it meets requirements of the PN-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard.

The scope of accreditation includes standards harmonized with the RoHS 2 directive.

Polskie Centrum Badań i Certyfikacji S. A.
Branch Office for Testing and Certification in Piła
ul. Śniadeckich 11
64-920 Piła

+48 67 213 87 00 wew. 210
+48 67 213 87 00 wew. 212

e-mail: pila@pcbc.gov.pl

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