Adrian Tuddenham said:
Not in Europe it isn't. There are heavy fines for doing that.
For the UK, section 14 of the RoHS Regulation
A producer putting non-compliant EEE on the market on or after 1st July 2006
shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory
maximum, which the Home Office says is currently £5,000. Or "on conviction
on indictment to fine" - there is no statutory maximum.
Producers failing to provide documents showing compliance within 28 days of
an official request shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not
exceeding level 5 on the standard scale. Level 5, coincidentally, is also
£5,000 at the moment.
Failing to retain technical documentation for four years after EEE has been
put on the market is also a not-exceeding-level-5 fine.
EEE= electrical and electronic equipment