Expert Analysis Of Legislations In The Electronics Market

What is a circular economy?

Where do you take your clothes when you have finished with them? Maybe get friends around and throw a clothing exchange party, or maybe take them down to the charity shop or put them in the recycling bin? Well, in Holland alone 140kg per year of clothing finishes up in…

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California Safer Consumer Product Regulations

After around 5 years of debate there appears to be progress on the California Safer Consumer Product Regulations which came into force in October 2013. From over 2350 potential chemicals an initial candidate list of 281 has been established. If any of these are found in a product then the…

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Why Get an ISO 9001 Quality Standard – What’s it mean to the customer?

The fact that a company states (presumably truthfully) that they have ISO 9001 Quality standard means that they have business management systems in place, focused on customer satisfaction, that address their quality controls. So what? Well, this is a way of demonstrating that they have the appropriate business systems installed…

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Deca-BDE developments

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has dropped a plan to include flame retardant Deca-BDE in the REACH authorisation list in favour of preparing a proposal to restrict its use under Annex XVII of the regulation. Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology provides some further background on what is becoming…

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USB and Ethernet cables

The RoHS FAQs make it clear that in general finished cables (e.g. terminated not just simple cable on a reel) are in scope and that data cables are Category 3 or 4. So the CE mark should be applied to USB and Ethernet cables. Cables specifically intended for a…

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For and Against Flame Retardants

Accurate figures are difficult to obtain but it has been estimated that fires kill up to 100,000 people annually worldwide. It is also estimated that 10% of fires are attributed to electrical faults, due to mains wiring in buildings and in electrical equipment, with these fires accounting for 19…

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Canadian obligations - more requests on UK

Europe has witnessed some requests around Canadian medical obligations. The Canadian Government has required manufacturers and importers to provide information on the presence of DEHP and BPA since 2008. The information is required for all types of medical devices including electrical and non-electrical equipment. Information on DEHP is required…

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