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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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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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What happened to the exemption for light dependant resistors?

A popular question is what happened to the exemption for light dependant resistors. In particular, with reference to the very popular ORP12 and its derivatives. This was exemption 40 of the RoHS Directive “Cadmium in photoresistors for analogue optocouplers applied in professional audio equipment”. This expired on 31 December 2013…

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Customers lead Conflict Mineral awareness

Results in a Conflict Mineral awareness survey conducted by ERA at the end of 2012 and again a year later showed that 72% of respondents had been asked about Conflict Minerals by their customers compared to 54% a year earlier. 44% have started to ask their suppliers for information as…

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More RoHS restricted substances on the radar

Umweltbundesamt, the Austrian Environment Agency, working on behalf of the European Commission has finalised a list of substances facing restriction under the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU. Among other things their report confirms the recommendation to include phthalates DEHP, DBP, and BBP as well as flame retardant HBCDD in…

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RoHS Recast - Category 9 and consumer equipment

The earlier compliance date for Category 9 Monitoring and Control Instruments under the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU is looming on 22 July this year.That will include test equipment although there was no definition of the term in the original study. Consumer equipment Put on The Market on…

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WEEE2 here after Christmas

The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and will be transposed into national law by 14 February 2014 (1 January 2014 in the UK). At that time the old WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) will be repealed. From 15 August 2018 the scope…

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