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RoHS exemptions set to expire in July

When RoHS exemptions expire on 22 July 2016, any Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) already on the EU market can continue to be sold. However new EEE using expired exemptions cannot be placed on the market beyond the 22nd. Components that use the exemptions will no longer be compliant after 22 July 2016 so manufacturers cannot use them to make ...

European Court of Justice ruling to impact REACH

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The European Court of Justice has said that the 0.1% threshold for notifying Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in articles applies to “each of the articles incorporated as a component of a complex product” rather than the entire article. The court’s (The European Court of Justice) decision contradicts the view adopted by the European Commission and the European Chemicals ...

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) makes waves

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The Radio Equipment Directive or RED (2014/53/EU) replaces the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment or R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC). RED was first added to the Official Journal of the European Union in May 2014 and will enter into force on 13 June 2016 after a two year transition. RED introduces obligations for importers and distributors of radio equipment. Broadcast receivers are ...

Clouds gather over Conflict Mineral law

While one industry organisation claims that there will be no need to comply with Conflict Mineral legislation some lawyers are advising their clients against ignoring the law while hoping that a final resolution could come from the U.S. Supreme Court. Industry observers believe that the large electronics companies have spent many millions of dollars helping to achieve alignment with Conflict ...

RoHS directive to ban four phthalates

The RoHS directive will ban four phthalates in electrical equipment from 22 July 2019 (2021 for categories 8 and 9). The table below summarises their main uses. Substance Main uses in electrical and electronic equipment Bis-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) Plasticiser used in PVC, rubber and in other polymers. A main use was in cable and wire insulation, but this has declined ...

What is a circular economy?

Where do you take your clothes when you have finished with them? Maybe get friends around and throw a clothing exchange party, or maybe take them down to the charity shop or put them in the recycling bin? Well, in Holland alone 140kg per year of clothing finishes up in the trash bin proving that fashion is one of the ...

Potential backlog on RoHS exemptions

The Oko Institute are looking at four exemption renewals and there is a large backlog of renewal requests to follow. Analysis on 7b, 9b, 13a and 13b started on 29 December 2014 and is expected to run for 9 months. The European Commission is obliged by the RoHS recast to make a decision within 12 months of the request being ...