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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.

RoHS Recast

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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More RoHS restricted substances on the radar

Umweltbundesamt, the Austrian Environment Agency, working on behalf of the European Commission has finalised a list of substances facing restriction under the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU. Among other things their report confirms the recommendation to include phthalates DEHP, DBP, and BBP as well as flame retardant HBCDD in…

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RoHS Recast - Category 9 and consumer equipment

The earlier compliance date for Category 9 Monitoring and Control Instruments under the RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU is looming on 22 July this year.That will include test equipment although there was no definition of the term in the original study. Consumer equipment Put on The Market on…

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RoHS category 9 implementation dates

Monitoring and Control Instruments fall within the scope of the RoHS Recast Directive on 22 July 2014 with more complex equipment, intended to be used exclusively by professionals, on 22 July 2017. So, how do you know what product goes where? You need to look at the intended use of…

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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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Oko confirm 10 new RoHS exemptions

The Oko Institut recently published its report on 18 new RoHS exemption requests to be added to the RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU. The final version of their report was published in December amending that of September. The majority of the requests were made by trade bodies representing the “phase…

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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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