Compliance scheme protocol
NMO has been working closely with a group of conformity assessment bodies and other organisations to support the development of commercially deliverable compliance schemes.
Although NMO are unable to fully endorse any such schemes or take compliance with such a scheme as a demonstration of product compliance, where a scheme is identified as suitably robust it is possible to use membership of such a scheme as supporting evidence of the validity of presented information under regulations seven and 11.
To facilitate the use of this approach, NMO has agreed a protocol for delivery of such schemes with the group.
NMO has agreed to:
• Take membership of a scheme into consideration when investigating and risk profiling organisations
• Liaise with scheme members where there is a complaint against one of their customers
• Fully engage with the group
The group members have agreed to:
• Until such time as an accreditation route can be developed self regulate through the group
• Bring to the attention of NMO any significant issues identified within organisations
• Investigate any complaints brought forward by NMO in a timely manner
• Ensure the group is not exclusive.
The objectives of the RoHS Directive are to reduce the amount of the restricted materials entering the waste stream.
The NMO sees this initiative from the conformity assessment community as a positive approach helping to fulfil these objectives.
Further information on the schemes and the protocol is available at www.rohsgroup.com