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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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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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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…

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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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