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

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RCM to replace c-tick

RCM to replace c-tick

In Australia the RCM (Regulatory Compliance Mark) replaces C-tick and A-tick for existing suppliers from 1 March 2016 and has been the only mark that can be used by new suppliers since 1 March 2013.

Further comprehensive information is available via the ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority…

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Medical Devices fall within the scope of the RoHS2 Directive

Medical Devices fell within the scope of the RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU on 22 July 2014.

Most Medical Device (category 8) manufacturers have met the deadline (only just in some cases), but they have known that compliance would have been necessary since 2006 when  ERA Technology published a report…

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RoHS1, RoHS2 - four new substances

Since July 2006 we have been used to six substances forming the RoHS1 and RoHS2 Directives.

However, that is likely to change in the future with the addition of four phthalates, mainly used to make plastics more pliable.

It is likely that DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP will be captured…

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Monitoring and control instruments falling within scope of RoHS2 directive

RoHS2 (2011/65/EU) has a “phase in” approach and on 22 July, some 8 years after ERA Technology  carried out their research and submitted a 263 page report to the European Commission  (EC) on Categories 8 (Medical Devices) and 9 (Monitoring and Control Instruments) we see the first products…

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Four new additions to the REACH Candidate List of SVHCs

Four new additions to the REACH Candidate List of SVHCs

Four new substances have been added to the REACH Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) taking the current total to 155.

Products containing cadmium chloride, sodium perborate, sodium peroxometaborate, and 1, 2 benzenedicarboxylic acid dihexyl ester branched and linear must be supported by appropriate safe use data…

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Monitoring and Control Instruments falling within scope of RoHS2 Directive

On 22 July 2014 Monitoring and Control Instruments, and let’s assume that includes “test equipment” although the term was never defined, fall within scope of the RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU.

In this phase-in approach directive equipment designed for use by a consumer falls within scope on this…

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Monitoring and Control Instruments - RoHS Recast

On 22 July 2014 “Monitoring and Control Instruments” Category 9, fall in to scope of the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU for the first time.

Of particular interest to the distribution industry is the status of test equipment. However, test equipment is not defined in the directive.

In 2014…

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Conflict Minerals and their uses

Profits from the extraction of, and trade in, minerals sourced from unstable regions affected by armed conflict can play a role in intensifying and perpetuating violent conduct. This can take various forms including where armed groups or their affiliates illegally control mines and mineral trading routes, use forced labour or…

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