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Compliance Assurance System

Compliance Assurance System
Restricted Substance Controls (RSC) defines the actions and mechanisms you can take to prevent restricted substances from inclusion in your products. To ensure RSC are effective, the procedures should be integrated into an overall Compliance Assurance System (CAS).

EU Enforcement authorities and OEM customers are requesting documentation of producer's RoHS compliance procedures to demonstrate that appropriate systems are in place to ensure on-going compliance.
Compliance procedures should be integrated into your quality management system or environmental management system if one exists.
RoHS Certifiation helps you in developing your 'Compliance Assurance System'


Examples of product components containing restricted substances
RoHS restricted substances have been used in a broad array of consumer electronics products. Examples of leaded components include:

  • paints and pigments
  • PVC (vinyl) cables as a stabilizer (e.g., power cords, USB cables)
  • solders
  • printed circuit board finishes, leads, internal and external interconnects
  • glass in television and photographic products (e.g., CRT television screens and camera lenses)
  • metal parts
  • lamps and bulbs
  • batteries

Cadmium is found in many of the above components, examples include plastic pigmentation, nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries and CdS photocells (used in night lights). Mercury is used in lighting applications and automotive switches, examples include fluorescent lamps (used in laptops for backlighting) and mercury tilt switches (these are rarely used nowadays). Hexavalent chromium is used for metal finishes to prevent corrosion. Polybrominated biphenyls and diphenyl Ethers/Oxides are used primarily as flame retardants.
 

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