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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 ...
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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 ...
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Next batches of SVHCs

Posted by gnevison May 13, 2010
Word on the street is that the 8 substances that have recently gone through consultation will hit the Candidate List in June / July with a further batch announced in August / September. These could appear on the Candidate List around January. The target is for a further 106 substances by 2012.   Find out more global legislation information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive the latest global legislation updates   Found the information, now get the part! Visit o ...
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DecaBDE rumbles on

Posted by gnevison Apr 19, 2010
The RoHS exemption number 9a (DecaBDE) ended on 30 June 2008. However, there are still many companies seeking further guidance. In a nutshell: The exemption ended June 2008. Any products that are within the scope of RoHS and were "in stock" at that time can be sold if they contain DecaBDE. However, new products or products "placed on the market" in future cannot contain DecaBDE. Placed on the market means when the product is constructed and available for sale or when it is imported into ...
According to ENDS Europe Members of the European Parliament are concerned at the time taken for REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to reach the Candidate List.   The European Parliament’s environment committee has questioned why there are only 29 substances on the Candidate List even though there are around 500 substances that meet the criteria for SVHCs.   It was observed that it would take more than 30 years, at the current rate of 15 per year, to include all curren ...
Recently released data for the UK shows that 36.66% of household WEEE was collected in 2009 compared to 30.66% in 2008. This came despite 9.86% less electrical and electronic equipment being put on the market in 2009. This still remains significantly behind the 65% collection target that the EC has proposed from 2016.   Find out more global legislation information.   Register with   element14 to be able to receive the latest global legislation   updates   Fo ...
Three supermarket giants have signed up to battery compliance schemes to meet both their producer and retail obligations on portable batteries.Tesco, ASDA and Morrison’s have joined the BatteryBack scheme which is jointly run by Leeds based WasteCare and waste management company Veolia ES.Morrison’s is thought to have been the first supermarket to initiate collection schemes within many of its stores.A forth retailer, Sainsbury’s, claims to be the first supermarket to offer, vi ...
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EuP, ErP and all that

Posted by gnevison Dec 21, 2009
Thought for the day!   “We should push for further development of and rapid agreement on existing EU energy efficiency proposals over the next 5 years, including improvements to the energy and environmental performance of productsand buildings. The EU needs to provide its industry with clear, long term targets that take account ofproduct development cycles and industry’s ability to invest in the required technology”   Endorsed by Peter Mandelson Secretary of State ...
Important changes have been announced as part of the California Lighting Efficiency and Toxics Reduction Act that entered into force in October 2007. California’s reduction of hazardous substances legislation, best described as a “mini RoHS”, will prohibit the manufacturing of products that do not meet requirements from 1 January 2010. Under the California legislation, certain general purpose lighting manufactured for sale in the state must comply with the European Union RoHS D ...