EU RoHS Directive Guide For Importers: An Overview

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RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive restricts chemicals and heavy metals in electronic components, solder, and casing materials. Further, the RoHS Directive applies to essentially all electronic and electrical products imported or manufactured in the European Union.

The requirements of the directive go beyond that of substance restrictions. More specifically, it also covers CE marking and other labeling requirements, technical documentation, harmonised standards, and lab testing requirements.

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IEC Standards for Electronic and Electrical Products: A Complete Guide

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IEC standards

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) develops global standards for electrical and electronic products. IEC standards are often included or referenced in other mandatory standards, for example, UL standards and EN standards.

In this guide, we explain what importers and manufacturers must know about IEC standards, covered products, international recognition, and much more.

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Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

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EU Button and Coin Battery Regulations

Button and coin batteries can be found in toys, remote controls, quartz watches, and various other products. Button and coin batteries are also potential safety hazards if swallowed. These batteries are therefore subject to safety standards and regulations in the European Union – which we cover in this guide. Continue reading Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the EU

Button and Coin Battery Safety Standards and Regulations in the US

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Button Coin Battery Regulations United States

Button cell batteries can cause horrendous injuries if swallowed. In this guide, we list standards and regulations that apply to button cell batteries and products containing button cell batteries in the United States. Notice that standards, such as ASTM and UL standards, apply to both children’s products and non-children’s products.

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RoHS Requirements in the United States: An Overview

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RoHS Requirements in the United States

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) sets restrictions on certain heavy metals and chemicals in electronic components. While the RoHS Directive is originally an EU Directive, many US states have implemented similar RoHS restrictions.

In this guide, we cover RoHS requirements in California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and other states.

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List of Products Covered by the WEEE Directive

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WEEE Products List

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) Directive applies to electrical and electronic equipment waste and waste collection. It also covers labeling requirements used to indicate separate waste collection.

In this guide, we list examples of products covered by the WEEE Directive. We made the selection based on the product categories listed in the relevant annexes of the directive itself. We also include examples of relevant EN standards.

That said, keep in mind that WEEE covers essentially all electrical and electronic products – not only those listed in this guide.

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FCC Electronic Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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Electronics Product Lab Testing

Third-party lab testing is required in order to verify compliance with one or more FCC rules. In this guide, we explain what ‘FCC lab testing’ actually means, and to which products the testing procedures apply. Further, we also cover costs, managing testing failure, and more. Continue reading FCC Electronic Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Lab Testing Guide

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Electrical Safety Product Lab Testing

Product testing according to UL standards is necessary if you plan to sell electronic and electrical products in the United States – in particular, if you’re an Amazon seller. In this guide, we explain what UL testing is, how much you should expect to pay, Amazon requirements, dealing with failed tests, and much more. Continue reading Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards Lab Testing Guide

Electronic Product Lab Testing in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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Electronics EMC Testing

Verifying compliance with the Low Voltage Directive, RoHS, EMC Directive, RED and other EU electronics compliance requirements require lab testing. In this guide, I share my experience with electronics lab testing – including cost examples, failure risks, using supplier test reports, and much more. Continue reading Electronic Product Lab Testing in the European Union: A Complete Guide

Laser Device Regulations in the United States: An Overview

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Laser Devices Regulations US

Laser devices imported or manufactured in the United States are subject to safety standards, labeling, certification, and testing requirements. This guide serves as a basic instruction to a wide range of laser devices – including barcode scanners, cosmetic laser devices, laser welding machines, and more. Continue reading Laser Device Regulations in the United States: An Overview