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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.





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-waste (Management and handling) Rules 2011 promulgated by Indian Government

20th June

Eco labelling entered force for distance sellers

1st July

RoHS 2 published in Official Journal

16th July

China RoHS Standard Product Catalogue for the Pollution Control of EEPs announced

22nd July

RoHS 2 enters into force

25th August

Product list for China RoHS Voluntary Certification announced

19th December

Environment Council meeting on WEEE 2


20 substances to be added to SVHC candidate list

31st December

RoHS exemptions due to expire

End of 2011

SEC to publish Conflict Mineral guidance?



And what can we expect in 2012?…



1st January

RoHS exemptions due to expire


20th January

European Commission holding Consultation Forum on the draft Eco Design working plan and new Methodology (MEErP)


European Parliament Plenary Vote on second reading of WEEE 2


Publication of revised Eco-Design Directive?

1st May

Indian e-Waste (management and Handling Rules) 2011 will come into effect

Summer 2012

Publication of final WEEE 2 text in OJ?

End of 2012

End of first reporting period for Conflict Minerals?








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