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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.

Commodity exemptions set to expire

Some RoHS exemptions expire at the end of the year. So what about their RoHS status?

The key to this issue is that any EEE Put On The Market (POTM) before 2 January 2013 can be sold as normal. For example the capacitors under exemption 7-CIII are fine to be used in EEE POTM before 2 January.

However, after that date they become non compliant and cannot be used in EEE POTM.

Manufacturers will be working on compliant parts or suitable alternatives. 7-CIII will impact many companies due to the commodity status of Passive components.

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