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Less Than 90 Days Until the RoHS2 Directive Impacts Your Medical Devices

Northwire NWI Lab360 highlights 10 critical requirements to ensure CE-mark compliance.

Osceola, WI, May 05, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Northwire, Inc. (NWI) capitalizes on 42+ years of collaboration with the medical device industry and leverages over 1,200 tenured years of life science market expertise to navigate the complexities of international and domestic, regulatory, agency and environmental compliance. Fortified with cutting-edge testing capabilities, NWI’s rigorous quality management system supports your ability to achieve RoHS2 compliance cost-effectively with maximum efficiency.

“Northwire is committed to ensuring the success of our valuable customers, which is why we invested in the latest consumer testing technology to validate compliance to RoHS2, REACH and other requirements. Partnering efforts with NWI, customers can achieve time and cost reductions associated with outside lab testing or non-compliant events,” emphasizes Mark Perrott, Executive Vice President responsible for quality, legal and human resources.

Originally published in July 2011 in the Official Journal by the European Commission, the Recast RoHS Directive requires every manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment, including medical devices, to meet specific conformity. NWI breaks down the complexities of 10 critical RoHS2 Directive requirements to ensure your CE-mark compliant in time for the pending deadline:

No. 10. Time is of the Essence

While the legal enforcement dates for commercial medical device compliance is July 22, 2014, importers requests for product compliance will typically start 6 months before the legal deadline. To ensure that all inventories are compliant, you must have adopted the directive by June 2013.

No. 9. CE 'Marks the Spot'

To ensure CE-mark compliance, you must adjust your target to meet compliance with the RoHS2 Directive, because you cannot CE-mark products without it. Here’s why: the Recast RoHS Directive is a CE-marking directive which means your medical device and equipment cannot CE-mark the way you used to with the Medical Device, EMC and Low Voltage Directive.

No. 8. It's the Law

For those wondering, does this apply to me? Let’s be crystal clear – every European Union country was required to adopt the RoHS2 Directive into National Law by January 2, 2013. This date obligates countries to enforce ‘market surveillance’ of your products.

No. 7. Burden of Proof

RoHS2 validation and verification is your responsibility and is required on various forms of technical documentation not limited to the Declaration of Conformity.

No. 6. Substance Abusers Beware

The RoHS2 Directive outlines the six hazardous and restricted substances ‘with maximum concentration values tolerated by weight to homogeneous materials’ all of which 0.1 percent unless otherwise indicated:

Lead • Hexavalent Chromium
Mercury • Polybrominated biphenyls
Cadmium (.01 percent) • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers

No. 5. Not over yet

Prior to the recast, there were eight product categories. If you are in these categories and have not implemented the January 2, 2013 RoHS2 Directives, you must do it now:

* Household appliances – large and small
* Equipment – IT, communications, lighting and consumer
* Electrical and electronic tools
* Toys, leisure and sports equipment
* Automatic dispensers

No. 4. More to Come

Mark your calendars because the formerly excluded categories, are now included effective:

* July 22, 2014 Medical devices
* July 22, 2015 Monitoring and control instruments
* July 22, 2016 In-vitro diagnostic medical devices
* July 22, 2017 Industrial monitoring and control instruments
* July 22, 2019 All other electrical and electronic equipment not covered
* 2020 Active implantable medical devices reviewed for inclusion

No. 3. Look Who's Taking Responsibility

According to the RoHS2 Directive, ‘Economic Operators’ are the responsible party to ensure CE-mark compliance:

* Manufacturer
* Authorized Representative
* Importer
* Distributor

No. 2. Your New Favorite 10-Letter Word: C-O-M-P-L-I-A-N-C-E

While RoHS2 Directive Articles 7 through 10 outline the specific responsibility of each party in the supply chain, rely on Northwire cable engineering company subject matter experts to navigate consumer product testing, technical documentation, internal production control procedures and the quality management system to assist you in an expedient and cost-effective program to ensure CE-mark compliance. In the event your material does not meet the RoHS2 Directive, rely on NWI’s recommendations to alternative strategic suppliers that have already been validated.

No. 1. Get Ahead of the Competition

NWI’s comprehensive consumer product testing capabilities and rigorous quality management systems validate RoHS2 specifications ensuring your CE-mark compliance. With a faster, less expensive go-to-market strategy, you have a decisive advantage over your competitor.

Find out more about Northwire solutions and our consumer testing capabilities at 800.468.1516, cableinfo@northwire.com, or through Live Chat.
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