On 22 July 2014 Monitoring and Control Instruments, and let’s assume that includes “test equipment” although the term was never defined, fall within scope of the RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU.

When shipping in to Europe, US companies must comply with the obligations.

In this phase-in approach directive equipment designed for use by a consumer falls within scope on this date and equipment designed for industrial or professional use three years later on 22 July 2017.

Interestingly the European Commission is still debating the definition of “professional”. Universities and colleges look likely to fall within this category so what many expected to be included in 2014 could actually be 2017.

Whenever equipment falls within scope it will need a declaration-of-conformity as well as documents required as part of a technical file.