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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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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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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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