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California Proposition 65, often referred to as Prop 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Those doing business in California may not expose individuals to chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without giving reasonable warning. Nor may such chemicals be discharged into drinking water. Prop 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to be carcinogens or cause birth defects or reproductive harm. The list was first published in 1987 an ...
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. When shipping in to Europe, US companies must comply with the obligations. In this phase-in approach directive equipment designed for use by a consumer falls within scope on this date and equipment designed for industrial or professional use three years later on 22 July 2017. Interestingl ...
Counterfeit electronic parts are on the rise. The US military is particularly alarmed. The Senate Armed Services Committee met in November to discuss the risk counterfeit parts are posing to the reliability of US military defense systems.  After the hearing, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to address this problem. The Senate passed it 97-3. It is expected to pass the House as well and become law shortly.   Why al ...