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18. August 2014

Green values in focus - RoHS directive also applies to medical device

Environmental factors are becoming ever more important. The Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, RoHS 2002/95/EC, was adopted in 2003 by the European Union. Since July 2014, also manufacturers of medical device are required to comply with the directive. Merivaara’s CE-marked products comply with RoHS.

The RoHS directive restricts the concentration values of six hazardous materials - lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) - in various types of electrical and electronic equipment. Requirements apply to the whole medical equipment including surface treatment, not just electrical components.

RoHS is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic e-waste. Merivaara handles the recycling of its electrical equipment through SELT ry.

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