Expert analysis of electronics-related legislation and compliance requirements, such as RoHS, REACH and WEEE, from industry expert Gary Nevison of Farnell.


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.

Main uses in electrical and electronic equipment

Bis-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP)
Plasticiser used in PVC, rubber and in other polymers. A main…

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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…

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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…

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Toys fail the RoHS test

According to the National Measurement Office, research was carried out on a range of higher priced (£30 and upwards) toys with a view to ascertaining levels of compliance with both the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Battery and Accumulators Directives…

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Monitoring and Control Equipment – In or Out

The implementation dates for monitoring and control instruments were outlined in the legal text of the RoHS2 directive 2011/65/EU.

Affecting Monitoring and Control Instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014, these were designed specifically for use by consumers and, for example, college students.

Where the products…

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Four new phthalates restricted under the RoHS2

Four phthalates that are already on the REACH Candidate List will also be restricted under the RoHS2 Directive taking the number of substances to ten.

DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP, which are primarily used as plasticisers to soften plastics, will be restricted from 22 July 2019 for all electrical and…

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Year end review - 2014

As another year draws to a close we have the chance to look back at 2014 and the legislative measures that had an impact on our industry…

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Extending ban on market of portable batteries containing cadmium

Battery Directive 2013/56/EU amending Directive 2006/66/EC

The 2013 Directive extends the ban on the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium to portable batteries and accumulators intended for use in cordless power tools. These batteries previously benefitted from an exemption. However, this…

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