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

Latest Electronic Tech News & Reviews About EU RoHS

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…

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4 RoHS2 substances down to 3

Within the text of RoHS2 (2011/65/EU), four substances were identified for priority assessment with a view to a potential restriction. Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology has provided a brief update on the current status. Looking at some of the points of interest the HBCDD flame retardant will…

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Clarity on Article 7

I have taken many questions around Article 7(h) of the RoHS Recast. Here are the thoughts of Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology: “Article 7h is quite clear – manufacturers must put their contact details on electrical products. If the manufacturer is located outside the EU, then the importer must…

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The end of ad-hoc RoHS labels?

Those of you that attended one of the excellent BIS Road Shows a few months back would have heard them say that the myriad of ad-hoc “RoHS Compliance” symbols would be replaced by the CE mark on finished equipment. Fast forward a few months to October and there is…

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Open PCB can be "finished equipment"

Unless you have been on holiday on another planet no doubt you will be aware of the popular debate on whether or not an open PCB, with no case, can be considered finished equipment. Product can be considered finished if it is sold to end-users who use it as…

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WEEE definition unchanged

Under the RoHS Recast the scope has changed from products that depend on electronic currents or electromagnetic fields to work properly and  now reads to fulfil at least one intended function. However, under the WEEE Recast the definition remains unchanged. Directive Decoder…

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Goodbye to ad-hoc RoHS symbols

Since 2006 there have been many unofficial RoHS symbols highlighting compliance. From RoHS compliant, to lead-free to Pb-free, probably because there was no official symbol for European RoHS. However, the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU dismisses all of those ad-hoc symbols in favour of the simple…

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RoHS Recast-new FAQ document

Many of you will remember the original RoHS Frequently Ask Questions document that was published several years ago by the European Commission. The RoHS Recast (RoHS2) FAQ document will seek to address many questions including, no doubt, the subject of CE mark requirements. According to BIS Officials it should be…

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