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Further clarity on RoHS category 9

There have been several questions recently seeking further clarity on RoHS category 9, monitoring and control instruments. Who better to ask than Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology, who was involved in the original review for the European Commission, for his expert comments?… Category 9 of the RoHS directive. The types of equipment that are in category 9 of the RoHS ...

RoHS to adopt REACH approach?

The basis for RoHS and REACH substance restrictions are quite different. Restrictions in the original RoHS directive were based on hazards – if a substance is hazardous and there are alternatives, then it could be banned. REACH restrictions are introduced only if a risk to human health or the environment can be proven, it cannot be controlled and safer substitutes ...

RoHS recast – 1st reading agreement backed

Those who have been following my regular updates on the RoHS recast will be interested to know that the European Parliament has backed the first reading approval on the so called RoHS recast. Environmental ministers are likely to support the deal when they meet in Brussels during December. RoHS will become an open scope, but not for eight years after ...

RoHS recast – nearly there!!

Compromise was the name of the game at the final trialogue meeting on the proposed RoHS recast. On the “open scope” issue (a product category 11 would cover all electrical and electronic equipment not captured in categories 1 to 10 unless specifically excluded) a compromise was reached with all products being covered eight years after entry into force. Some Member ...

Comings and goings of the RoHS recast

Progress towards agreement on the proposed RoHS recast has hit troubled waters and a first reading approval now seems unlikely. Belgium, who holds the EU presidency, has proposed to abandon a list of priority substances which could potentially face restriction. This list includes many of the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) on the REACH Candidate List as well as ...

Belgium proposes date for RoHS open scope

Belgium, who currently holds the EU presidency and appears to want to make a difference during their term in office, has proposed that the open scope on the RoHS Directive be from 2019. Open scope, unless specifically excluded, is the subject of behind the scenes discussions ahead of a vote on the proposed recast later this year. The date of ...

RoHS scope set to expand

The European Parliament’s environment committee met in Brussels on 2 June and agreed to put three substances that were facing an immediate RoHS restriction on a list of priority chemicals that will be reviewed later, with a ban a possibility.   Brominated and chlorinated flame retardants and PVC will be looked at later along with arsenic compounds and all chemicals, ...

Development Boards – Guide to Compliance

The status of development kits and evaluation boards under the RoHS Directive has always been unclear and hotly debated within the electronics industry with, as yet, no legally binding decisions being made.  The German government decided many years ago that printed circuit boards sold separately to users to, for example, increase computer memory or add new functions to PCs would ...

Industry uncertain over RoHS proposals

There are concerns within industry over a European Parliament proposal to increase the scope of the RoHS Directive to capture all electrical and electronic equipment rather than just the current eight (plus two more in 2014) product categories.   Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association representing the interests of, among others, the Electrical and Electronic industries feels that the proposal ...