Frequently asked questions for Restriction of Hazardous Substances Dirctive Trusted Kitemark
- How can you police the RoHS Kitemark and who is responsible for this?
- Does the value of the RoHS Kitemark depend on large spread adoption of it?
- How much does it cost firms to get a RoHS Kitemark?
- Why should firms bother with the RoHS Kitemark?
- Is the European attitude to standards more consensual than the US approach?
As with all Kitemarks, the RoHS Trusted Kitemark follows strict operating guidelines laid down within BSI that ensure that the process of Kitemark licensing a company is always fair and consistent. A key element of this is the ongoing audits of the licensee as defined in the Kitemark protocol. These regular audits ensure that the RoHS Trusted Kitemark licensee is maintaining their RoHS processes.
The audits are further backed up by independent chemical analysis of selected samples. Any deficiencies found during the audit are highlighted to the licensee so they can make any necessary corrective actions required to maintain their RoHS compliance. BSI has a growing number of RoHS trained auditors within the UK, China and Asia; and it is the responsibility of these auditors to conduct the regular on-site audits.
The RoHS Trusted Kitemark provides tremendous overall value. Firstly, as a member of the UK RoHS Conformity Assessment Group (URCAG), BSI has been working to ensure that the RoHS Trusted Kitemark meets the requirements of the recently published National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) Enforcement Paper.
As a result, RoHS Trusted Kitemark licensees have confidence that they can demonstrate to the enforcement agency that they have the ability to comply with the Directive. Secondly, companies gaining the RoHS Trusted Kitemark may leverage significant commercial benefits by giving confidence to their customers through a compliant supply-chain and a clear marketing advantage.
Clearly, as the number of RoHS Trusted Kitemark companies continues to grow the benefits and value of the Kitemark are spread through out the entire supply chain. A producer being supplied by a RoHS Trusted Kitemark company can have the confidence that the supplier’s RoHS claims are backed up by the Kitemark, which in turn helps manage the risk to the end producer.
The overall cost may vary from company to company depending on the size of the company and the scope of the licence. This first step provides the client with RoHS assessment and gap-analysis, the essential building blocks to help start their action plan to becoming RoHS Compliant.
Overall, the cost of the Kitemark licence pails into insignificance compared to the risk not being able to provide evidence to the enforcement agency and having product removed from the market. RoHS Trusted Kitemark licensees have the confidence that they have the systems and process in place and evidence to demonstrate this.
Simply put, the process of gaining the RoHS Trusted Kitemark means that RoHS Trusted Kitemark licensees have the ability to provide supporting evidence to back up their RoHS declarations should they be challenged by enforcement bodies. This confidence and trust is in turn passed up through the supply chain to their customers.
Standards form an integral part of industries these days and affect and impact on all markets worldwide, regardless of whether the standard is British, European, North American or even military. It is not really a question of the degree of consensus but more about what is appropriate.