R2 Documentation

Since the R2 Practices document was developed primarily for use as a specification standard to support certification of electronics recyclers, it contains very specific requirements for developing and maintaining documentation.

In particular, section 13 states –

General Principle – An R2:2013 recycler shall maintain all the documentation necessary to demonstrate conformance to the R2:2013 Standard.


(a) An R2:2013 electronics recycler shall have access at the certified facility to documents and records necessary to demonstrate conformity to each requirement of this document.

This means that in order to become certified, an electronics recycler must identify the documentation that needs to be developed, write it and have it readily accessible for the  auditor when the certification audit is conducted.

The R2 Practices contain a number of documentation requirements.  These are identifiable by phrases such as –

  • “in writing,”
  • “written plan” or “written procedures”
  • “identify and document”
  • “capture in writing”

In addition to these explicit documentation requirements, there are other R2 requirements where the only effective way to prove conformance is through the creation of appropriate documentation.  For example, it would be difficult to show compliance with 4.(e) – compliance with established permissible exposure limits (PELs) – without creating exposure monitoring records.

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