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WEEE standards move closer

Certificates aimed at boosting reuse of used and waste electronic equipment will be issued this summer.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is looking for recyling firms, compliance scheme operators or other industry experts with the relevant technical knowledge, to become UK-based certification bodies to gain accreditation to issue PAS 141 status for those organisations that meet standard.

Reused equipment from PAS 141-approved organisations will have labels to show they have been processed in compliance with PAS 141.

Valpak has been appointed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to administer the certification schemes and registration of a trade mark and use of labels.

Valpak said that the use of labels on successfully tested apparatus will reassure customers and regulators. As consumer confidence rises in the quality of reuse WEEE, more “green jobs” will be created in the UK’s growing reuse sector.

UEEE and WEEE treatment facilities looking to achieve PAS 141 status will be independently assessed by UKAS accredited certification bodies to ensure they meet the standard.  

The PAS has been developed by industry experts working with BIS to improve standards for the treatment of discarded electrical and electronic equipment in the UK. 

The UK best practice standard will also be used to differentiate genuine exports from illegal exports of WEEE. 

The international Correspondents Guidelines fails to give details on the ‘test’ to differentiate between reuse and the illegal exports of waste. PAS 141 sets out the tests to fill this gap and will be used by the UK environmental agencies to focus efforts on stopping illegal exports.

Certification bodies interested in being accredited to offer PAS 141 certification should contact David Hayward at the UKAS  telephone 020 8917 8400.

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