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This document (EN 50581:2012) has been prepared by CLC/TC 111X "Environment'.

The following dates are fixed:

- latest date by which this document has to be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement (dop) 2013-07-16

- latest date by which the national standards conflicting with this document have to be withdrawn (dow) 2015-07-16

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent rights. CENELEC [and/or CEN] shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

This document has been prepared under a mandate given to CENELEC by the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association, and supports essential requirements of EU Directive 2011/65/EU. For the relationship with EU Directive see informative Annex ZZ, which is an integral part of this document.


Certain substances contained in electrical and electronic products are restricted by legislation and/or customer specifications. Manufacturers of final products therefore need to be able to demonstrate that their products meet the applicable substance restrictions.

For those restrictions that apply at the "homogeneous material" level, it is impractical for manufacturers of complex products to undertake their own testing of all materials contained in the final assembled product. Instead, manufacturers work with their suppliers to manage compliance and compile technical documentation as evidence of compliance. This approach is well recognised by both industry and enforcement authorities.

The aim of this European Standard is to specify the technical documentation that the manufacturer needs to compile in order to declare compliance with the applicable substance restrictions. In this way, this European Standard supports Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).

This European Standard can also find an application in demonstrating conformity to other substance regulations worldwide.


This European Standard specifies the technical documentation that the manufacturer needs to compile in order to declare compliance with the applicable substance restrictions.

The documentation of the manufacturer's management system is outside the scope of this European Standard.

Normative references

The following documents, in whole or in part, are normatively referenced in this document and are indispensable for its application. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.

EN 62321:2009, Electrotechnical products. Determination of levels of six regulated substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers) (IEC 62321:2008)

NOTE EN 62321 will be replaced by a series of standards designated EN 62321-x.

Table of Contents



1. Scope
2. Normative references
3. Terms and definitions
4. Technical documentation
4.1 Overview
4.2 Content of the technical documentation
4.3 Information on materials, parts, and/or sub-assemblies
4.3.1 Tasks to be undertaken by the manufacturer
4.3.2 Determine the information needed
4.3.3 Collecting information
4.3.4 Evaluation of information
4.3.5 Review of the technical documentation

Annex A (informative) Relationship between Directive 2011/65/EU and the technical documentation

Annex ZZ (informative) Coverage of Essential Requirements of EU Directives