As the electronics industry continues to evolve, so will the best practices and standards. Responsible Recycling version 3 (R2v3) was released July 1, 2020. The updated standard incorporates the experiences of SERI, the standard writing and auditing body, compiled from audits and implementation of the R2 standard. As noted by SERI, many of the core requirements will be familiar and remain largely unchanged but reflect the decade of evolution of the electronics landscape, customer demands and the regulatory environment.
July 1, 2020: The new R2v3 standard is released.
January 1, 2021: All new certifications will be audited to R2v3.
December 31, 2021: Current R2:2013 certificates that expire on or before the end of 2021 can recertify to R2:2013.
January 1, 2022: All R2:2013 certificates that expire on or after the first of 2022 are required to transition R2v3.
July 1, 2023: All R2:2013 certificates expire; all organizations must transition to R2v3.
As you gear up to transition from R2 to R2v3, are you wondering what your organization can do to prepare? To start, check out SERI’s knowledge base for R2 guidance and knowledge, including:
Remember R2v3 certificates will only be issued after the full R2v3 audit process occurs. This audit process includes:
A note on nonconformances: For R2v3, the COP requires that a verification audit be performed to confirm implementation and determine the effectiveness of all corrective actions (CAs) prior to the issuance of a certificate. This additional step could add time to the audit process and facilities, so remember to plan accordingly.
Do you have downstream vendors? Per SERI’s Advisory 22, there are multiple notes regarding an organization’s downstream vendors (DSVs). Below summarizes important takeaways for organizations operating with downstream vendors:
The changes and updates made to R2v3 make it more powerful and robust. The standard will work even harder to protect data, people and the planet while enriching lives all around the globe. Your organization is doing its part by becoming certified or transitioning to R2v3.