JDA to hold seminar on interpreting RoHS II

The Jewellery Distributors’ Association (JDA) is hosting a seminar led by Chris Smith of the National Measurement Office (NMO) on the correct interpretation of RoHS II, for handling products that are Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), which could impact watch companies.

EEE comprises most items with a battery, an accumulator or, which use mains electricity, and are imported into the UK, including watches.

The NMO is responsible for enforcement of RoHS legislation in the UK. RoHS is a directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment, which was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.

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Smith is the technical expert on RoHS II and batteries legislation. RoHS II is the recast directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in EEE and restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in most EEE.

RoHS II has been in force since January 2, 2013, and specifically impacts on companies that have their own brands because they are automatically deemed to be manufacturers.

For other importers and distributors, there are different requirements which, if not met, could deem those companies to be manufacturers, therefore aligning them with specific duties.

The JDA is warning that companies that place EEE goods on the market could potentially be criminalised if they do not properly comply with the legislation.

The Seminar will be held at Federation House in Birmingham on Wednesday September 25 at 10.45 am until 1.00 pm.

The seminar is free to members of the JDA and £25.00 + VAT for non-members.

Those interested in finding out more should contact Lynn Snead on 0792 9953 128 or at lynn@teg.co.uk.