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  Gary Nevison, Head of Legislation and Compliance, will be addressing the COG member’s meeting on the 6th March 2012 in Newport Pagnell, UK.   Gary’s presentation will look at the RoHS recast or RoHS 2 which entered into force in 2011.   This presentation looks at the timelines, changes in definitions and scope, new product categories including that of open scope, exclusions, exemptions, and assessment methodologies for future substance restrictions; as well as th ...
  It’s been a busy year with many changes in legislation affecting the electronics industry. Below is a quick check list of all the major changes that you should be aware of in ensuring full compliance. Click on the links to read more detailed articles.     2011   3rd February Plenary vote on first reading of WEEE 2 14th March Environment Council political agreement on WEEE 2   8th June RoHS 2 adopted by European Parliament and Council 1st May Indian e ...
  New Electronics has conducted an interview with Richard Alderman, Director at the Serious Fraud Office exploring ways of cutting corruption within small businesses.   The SFO seeks to protect UK businesses from bribery and corruption, both at home and overseas.   Looking at the new Bribery Act, the interview covers risk assessment, responsible business practices, customer relationships, facilitation payments and the promotion of a responsible business culture.   To c ...
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Slow progress on SVHCs

Posted by gnevison Apr 4, 2011
Early in 2010 the EC (European Commission) announced, boldly, that a further 106 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) should be added to the Candidate List of SVHCs for authorisation by the end of 2012. Currently there are 46 SVHCs with a further 8 expected to be added to the Candidate List shortly. Clearly things are not moving at the desired pace and 2010 was not a productive year, mainly due to the destraction of the first REACH registration deadline. It will now need a big effort fr ...
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Deca-BDE - a refresher

Posted by gnevison Apr 1, 2011
I was asked about Deca-BDE by a US company. Deca-BDE was given an exemption but the EC used the wrong procedure so the ECJ (courts) deleted the exemption from 1st July 2008 and no stakeholder has since requested a new exemption for it. Deca-BDE is therefore now banned by RoHS in equipment in scope so it should not be present although this is no guarantee. Previously, Deca-BDE was widely used. Deca-BDE is not a REACH SVHC and is not restricted by REACH (yet).  It could occur in non-elect ...
The Environment Agency has released figures showing that at least 9.56% of batteries were recycled in the UK in 2010, narrowly missing the unofficial 10% target (comparative to the number of batteries put on the market in 2009). However it has since come to light that the figures from CCR Rebat, one of the UK’s six recycling schemes, have not been included in the final percentage due to incorrect data so it is more than likely that the 10% target has been met, if not exceeded.   Howe ...
The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio-Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC), part of REACH, have given their support to the banning of the use of Dimethylfumarate (DMF) in consumer articles and lead and its compounds in jewellery.   Following a number of severe skin reactions a temporary import ban already exists for DMF, but RAC have now concluded that permanent measures are needed as the substance puts consumers “seriously at risk”.   In addition the RAC commented ...
As part of the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive exemptions, which were brought into force on the 24th September 2010, old exemption 5 now forms part of exemption 7ci. This is a combined exemption for lead in glass and ceramics. So where previously exemption 5 was quoted, exemption 7ci would now apply.   Find out more global legislation information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive the latest global legislation updates   Found the information, ...
With some consultants often charging up to £1000 per day why not make use of the Ask the Expert feature on element14 (opposite side of the page from this article). Whether it be the RoHS recast, the ever growing list of REACH SVHCs, China RoHS, the Energy related (formerly using) Products Directive, WEEE, Batteries etc just e-mail your question to us for a prompt reply. If we cannot help, we will find someone who can!! element14 partners with leading industry bodies such as ERA Techno ...
  The recast of the RoHS directive will feature an open scope. The open scope is any electrical and electronic equipment not captured in categories 1 to 10 unless specifically excluded. The scope is divided into eleven categories. Categories 1 to 8 have been in place since July 2006 and categories 8,9 and 11 will follow at different intervals over the next 8 years or so.   Currently excluded products are:   Military and national security equipment, Large-scale stationary industr ...
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is to publish a list of all phase-in Substances that have been registered to date under the REACH regulations. The list will indicate what use the chemicals have been registered for but not, unfortunately, the name of the registering company. The reason for publishing these details is to allay concerns that some substances may not be registered in time for the 30 November deadline which would mean, under the regulations, that the substance would be banned a ...
Electronics Yorkshire is set to exhibit at Blundell’s Technology Week and miniexhibition between October 12 and 14 at the companies recently expanded showroom in Coventry.   Electronics Yorkshire will explain how companies can make use of the unique resources of test, analysis and repair equipment available in their Leeds centre, as well as the depth of training courses it can offer companies from all over the UK.   Electronics Yorkshire is the only IPC centre in the UK authori ...
Figures published by the Environment Agency show that the proportion of waste batteries collected for recycling in the UK rose from 9.15% in the first quarter of 2010 to 16.15% in the subsequent quarter.   The UK is therefore on track to achieve its first interim target to collect 10% of waste portable batteries for this year as the collection rate for the first half of the year was over 12%.   However, this remains work in progress as the first legally binding target set by the Euro ...
According to the ENDS Report the number of registrations under the EU’s REACH regime grew slightly during June and July but will have to increase ten-fold in the next few months to get anywhere near the totals expected by 30 November.   The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) currently expects 25,000 to 75,000 registration dossiers to be submitted by this first deadline for existing, or phase-in, substances.   At the moment, 30% of dossiers submitted fail ECHA’s first &ldquo ...
Nanomaterials seems to have suddenly appeared as the latest "nasty" although there seems to be lot of poor and misleading reporting of the issues.   Nanomaterials are simply materials with very small particles and are widely used in many products including sunscreen, cosmetics, paints, etc. Nanosilver is a biocide and has been used in washing machines, air con and vacuum cleaners. In the amounts used, it apparently poses no risk to people although there are concerns that if it were to be ...