A blog at Electronic Weekly asks about the impact of CE Mark and RoHS. Products that are in scope now will need to comply with the new CE requirements 18 months after publication in the Official Journal (expected June).
The consultant group, ERA Technology, has been looking into this to see if it is going to be a problem. Opinions seem to vary. There are three new obligations:
1. CE mark - not an issue as most products are already marked to show compliance with EMC, etc.
2. DoC - these will need to include the new directive, simple to do, manufacturers will need to amend all DoCs for EEE they sell in the EU.
3. Technical files - this will require some work for manufacturers but according to the CE committee that is writing the harmonised EU standard for RoHS compliance, the activities required will be essentially what manufacturers should be doing now, so in fact little if any extra work.
Distributors will have new obligations which will require some extra effort.