EU – Updates RoHS Technical Documentation Standard

The May 18, 2020, the EU officially updated the reference standard for EU RoHS technical documentation to IEC EN 63000 from the previous standard EN 50581. The change was published in EU Decision (EU) 2020/659. EN 50581 remains valid until November 18, 2021.

Impact on EEE Manufacturers

The transition to IEC 63000 has been planned for the past couple years and should not have a material impact on conformity assessment– both IEC 63000 and EN 50581 specify very similar requirements.

Manufacturers with products that are in scope of EU RoHS should start to update their EU Declarations of Conformity to reference IEC EN 63000 (or IEC 63000) instead of EN 50581.  An 18-month transition period is provided to make the changes.