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


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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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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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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