RoHS Recast News

Potential backlog on RoHS exemptions

The Oko Institute are looking at four exemption renewals and there is a large backlog of renewal requests to follow. Analysis on 7b, 9b, 13a and 13b started on 29 December 2014 and is expected to run for 9 months. The European Commission is obliged by the RoHS recast to…

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Monitoring and Control Instruments - RoHS Recast

On 22 July 2014 “Monitoring and Control Instruments” Category 9, fall in to scope of the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU for the first time. Of particular interest to the distribution industry is the status of test equipment. However, test equipment is not defined in the directive. In 2014…

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Implications of RoHS Article 2(2)

RoHS Recast Article 2(2) states that, without prejudice to Articles 4(3) and Article 4(4), all newly included electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) that does not comply with RoHS may be made available until 21 July 2019. Article 4(3) states that categories 8 (medical devices) and 9…

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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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Popular component exemption expires

The first of January 2013 saw the expiry of exemption 7c-III for “Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of less than 125V AC or 250V DC” except in spare parts used to maintain, repair or upgrade equipment that was placed on the EU market before…

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EU interpretation on "dev kits"

You may have read articles in the US that tend to suggest semiconductor based evaluation boards do not fall within the scope of the RoHS Directive. That might be the case if just shipped within the US but, once exported into Europe, it is a different matter. The use of…

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Dev Kits - a bag of bits in scope

The use of low cost semiconductor evaluation boards, normally referred to as “development kits” has increased dramatically over the last few years. There is no doubt that these low cost plug-in PCBs are a great tool for the design engineer. The boards essentially demonstrate the capabilities of the specific…

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