RoHS International, a New Zealand firm that helps companies manage environmental compliance, has released guidance on Norway’s Prohibition on Certain Hazardous Substances in Consumer Products, which has come to be known as PoHS. The regulation goes into affect January 1, 2008.
The guidance package costs NZ$140, which is roughly $110 in U.S. dollars. The guidance is designed to help companies identify where these banned substances may be used in products. The guidance has separate sections for plastics, electronics, construction, textile industries as well as manufacturers of the end consumer product. There is an individual section offering technical notes for each of the 18 substances in PoHS.
The Norway directive restricts 18 substances with only two (lead and cadmium) that are in common with the European Union’s RoHS. It bans TBBPA (when used additively) and HBCD, which are two of the three brominated flame retardants that are not banned under RoHS.