R2v3 – Electronics Recycling

Responsible Recycling Management System

The R2 standard is the leading standard for electronics repair and recycling. The R2 Standard is rigorously and independently audited, emphasizing quality, safety, and transparency. Over 530 facilities are currently R2 certified in 21 countries, with more added every day. While R2 is a stand-alone certification, the R2 process must be implemented concurrently with an environment, health and safety management system (ISO 14001 and ISO 45001). A new requirement has just been added for ISO 9001 compliance.  Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible reuse, repair and recycling of electronic products. SERI is the housing-body for the R2 Standard and works with a coalition of partners to raise awareness of electronics repair and recycling issues around the world.

The R2 Standard is a way to identify, aggregate, distribute and monitor best-practices in electronics repair and recycling. R2 creates market incentives for recycling facilities to implement environmental, health and safety procedures that directly benefit their workers, communities, and the environment. Operational improvements, record-keeping and safety are a market differentiator for prospective customers.

According to SERI, the July 1, 2020 update of R2 to R2v3 provides increased emphasis on reuse and protecting data with strengthened data security controls and enhanced controls for test, repair, and reuse operations to ensure the quality and effectiveness of refurbishment.  Companies that are currently certified to the R2:2013 version of the standard will have until July 1, 2023 to transition to the new version and updated requirements.

SERI also states that the R2v3 update is more adaptable and has been updated to better reflect the specialization and diversity of facility types and the changing business models within the industry, R2v3 is reorganized into two sections – “Core Requirements” that apply to ALL R2 Certified Facilities and “Process Requirements” that apply only to facilities that perform specific processes.

    • It gives customers more clarity about the capabilities and expertise of each R2 facility
    • R2 is more achievable and affordable for small and startup facilities that don’t engage in the full scope of R2 processes
    • R2v3 is scalable as businesses grow and add specialty processes

R2 Focus Materials


R2 Focus Materials, also referred to as “FMs”, are materials in end-of-life electronic equipment that warrant greater care during recycling, refurbishing, materials recovery, energy recovery, incineration, and/or disposal due to their toxicity or other potential adverse worker health and safety, public health, or environmental effects that can arise if the materials are managed without appropriate safeguards.

Focus Materials (FMs) contain:

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Mercury
  • CRT glass, CRT fines, coatings, and frit
  • Batteries
  • Whole or shredded circuit boards
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Consulting Support for R2v3

Core Business Solutions has qualified R2 consultants ready to help you achieve certification. Support for the R2 standard is available through all of our Online and Onsite Consulting Programs. We also provide consulting support for companies seeking multiple certifications (such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and ISO 45001) through an Integrated Management System.

Our consultants translate the technical language of the standard into Plain English and make it as simple and effective for your organization as possible. Implemented properly, R2 gives you a continual return on your investment.

For more information about ISO certification for the R2 standard, please call our consulting office at 866-354-0300, or email info@thecoresolution.com.

Related standards

  • See ISO 9001 for quality management systems
  • See ISO 14001 for occupational health and safety management systems
  • See ISO 45001 for health and safety management systems

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