Happy New Year! And what a year 2012 promises to be in the world of electronics legislation, with a number of announcements being made already.

The big news is that 19th January will see European Parliament voting on second reading of the WEEE recast. It’s been a long time coming and we wait to see what the final text will hold.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given an estimated delivery date of ‘January-June 2012’ to “adopt rules regarding disclosure related to ‘conflict minerals’”. As with the WEEE recast, conflict mineral guidelines have suffered from delays so we’re intrigued to see how things will pan out.


2012 will be the year of webinars and we’re kicking off things with a free event looking at 'How design engineers can meet the new global challenges of the RoHS Directive' next Monday (16th) at 9am GMT.

In this short webinar, I’ll be looking at key timelines; scope and definitions within RoHS2; CE Mark requirements; exemptions and exclusions (including the exclusion of research and development equipment); methodologies for reviewing future substance restrictions; the impact assessment and review of both scope and restricted substances planned within three years. Make sure you register for this free event here!


Next up, Trevor Wood, Farnell’s European Compliance Manager will be hosting a short webinar exploring export controls within the European Union on the 6th March at 2pm GMT.

The webinar will focus on the reasons behind having export controls; who makes the decisions behind the controls; which items are controlled and how as well as other key issues which you may not have already considered. You can register here.

As always, if you have any questions please post them below.