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


New REACH Substances of Very High Concern

Seven new REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) have been added to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Candidate List.

Slow going but this takes the total to 151 substances.

See ECHA updates the Candidate List for authorisation with seven new substances of very high concern (SVHCs)

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Calls for REACH and RoHS alignment

The same scientific assessment of the uses of chemical substances covered by REACH and RoHS should apply according to engineering trade organisation Orgalime.

This would avoid legal uncertainty while, at the same time, industry stakeholders  should consider joint implementation through such as regular roundtable meetings.

  Orgalime was responding to the…

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Use of lead based solder

Another popular question is around the use of lead based solder which is clearly not RoHS compliant…

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SVHCs-what's in the crystal ball for 2013?

Sixty Seven new REACH Substances of Very High Concern, or SVHCs, were added to the so called Candidate List for authorisation in 2012.

From 2008 through to 2011 the number of SVHCs added to the Candidate List was 15, 14, 17 and 25 respectively.

So what’s in the pipeline…

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ECHA adds 54 new SVHCs

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added 54 new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List. The total number of SVHCs now stands at 138 and therefore the target of 136 by year end, set by the Commission has been reached…

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13 more SVHCs added

13 substances were added to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for Authorisation on June 18…

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Slow progress on the Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency ECHA has stated that the target, set by the European Commission, of having 136 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List by the end of 2012 is likely to be missed.

Currently there are 73 substances on the list but only 13 proposals…

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Thousands of products, few SVHCs

If the REACH Regulations can help save lives as well as protect the environment then I am sure we would all endorse it wholeheartedly. However, there is no doubt that REACH is a significant burden on industry. I can clearly remember an Official addressing a meeting of industry delegates and…

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