RS Components achieves BSI RoHS Kitemark

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RS Components has become one of the first UK distributors to achieve the coveted British Standards Institution’s RoHS Trusted Kitemark. The licensed BSI Kitemark is one of the most sought after and valued seals of approval found in UK industry.

RS Component has recently acquired the BSI’s Kitemark in recognition for its achievements in complying with the RoHS directive on electrical waste management. At a recent press conference, Anne Boyd, managing director of BSI presented the award to Klaus Goeldenbot, chief executive officer of RS.

Both Klaus Goeldenbot and Mick Parker, RoHS project manager for RS said that they were very proud of the award.

The Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (RoHS); is a single market directive due to be enforced on the 1 July 2006. The National Weights and Measures Laboratory is enforcing its application and is restricting the use of four heavy metals and two ‘Brominated’ flame retardants. The RoHS affects the entire supply chain and the RoHS Trusted Kitemark is intended to identify companies that have the capabilities to comply with the requirements. The BSI said that: “Companies awarded with the RoHS Trusted Kitemark license have made a public commitment to best practice with regards to the RoHS Directive.”

Neil Stanton, scheme manager for BSI said: “This RoHS-specific Kitemark is designed to help companies that feel confused and bewildered by the directive to cope with the changes they need to make. Businesses need to know that when they purchase a component that is advertised as being RoHS compliant, that it really does comply with each requirement.”

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