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


RoHS1, RoHS2 - four new substances

Since July 2006 we have been used to six substances forming the RoHS1 and RoHS2 Directives.

However, that is likely to change in the future with the addition of four phthalates, mainly used to make plastics more pliable.

It is likely that DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP will be captured…

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Monitoring and control instruments falling within scope of RoHS2 directive

RoHS2 (2011/65/EU) has a “phase in” approach and on 22 July, some 8 years after ERA Technology  carried out their research and submitted a 263 page report to the European Commission  (EC) on Categories 8 (Medical Devices) and 9 (Monitoring and Control Instruments) we see the first products…

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Monitoring and Control Instruments falling within scope of RoHS2 Directive

On 22 July 2014 Monitoring and Control Instruments, and let’s assume that includes “test equipment” although the term was never defined, fall within scope of the RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU.

In this phase-in approach directive equipment designed for use by a consumer falls within scope on this…

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What happened to the exemption for light dependant resistors?

A popular question is what happened to the exemption for light dependant resistors. In particular, with reference to the very popular ORP12 and its derivatives.

This was exemption 40 of the RoHS Directive “Cadmium in photoresistors for analogue optocouplers applied in professional audio equipment”. This expired on 31 December 2013…

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Russia moves towards adopting RoHS substance restrictions

Russia signalled its intention to become the latest country to adopt RoHS substance restrictions for electronic and electrical equipment when it published a draft law in October. This law also applies to Belarus and Kazakhstan. The date for entry into force has not yet been decided but it is unlikely…

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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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