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In 2016, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published the standard IEC 63000 for the first time. This standard provides guidance for 'technical documentation for the assessment of electrical and electronic products with respect to the restriction of hazardous substances'.
When it comes to RoHS compliance, and particularly Europe RoHS, this standard is particularly useful for a product testing documentary approach. It avoids many costly analytical RoHS testing like XRF analysis at the homogeneous materials level.
At the end of 2018, the European Union released the standard EN IEC 63000:2018, based on IEC 63000:2016 to replace the previous EU standard EN 50581:2012. EN IEC 63000:2018 has been approved by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization - CENELEC.
All standards EN 50581:2012, IEC 63000:2016, and EN IEC 63000:2018 are essentially the same. The objective is to 'specify the technical documentation that the manufacturer compiles in order to declare compliance with the applicable substances restrictions' such as RoHS.
Importantly, as of November 18th, 2021, and according to the decision (EU) 2020/659 of 15 May 2020, the standard EN IEC 63000:2018 must officially replace EN 50581:2012, for your Europe RoHS technical files and declarations of conformity (DoC). It is recommended to update your internal procedures and RoHS technical files accordingly.
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