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Looking forward to further legislative developments in 2016 there are several things of note. We now have confirmation that there will be four phthalates added to the RoHS list of restricted substances that become effective from July 2019 or July 2021 for product categories 8 (medical devices) and 9 (monitoring and control instruments). This takes the total number of RoHS2 (2011/65/EU) restricted substances to ten. Several RoHS2 exemptions are set to expire on 22 July. Renewal requests for many ...
Here Dr. Paul Goodman, Senior Materials Consultant at edifera provides an insight into the uses of the four phthalates restricted from 2019 / 2021.   Uses of four RoHS restricted phthalates   The RoHS directive will ban four phthalates in electrical equipment from 22 July 2019 (2021 for categories 8 and 9). The table below summarises their main uses. Substance Main uses in electrical and electronic equipment Bis-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) Plasticiser used in PVC, rubber and in othe ...
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The future of NMO

Posted by gnevison May 19, 2015
The UK market surveillance authority NMO (The National Measurement Office) has been renamed the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) and is responsible for the enforcement of batteries, RoHS, timber and eco-design legislation amongst others. With a target of a hundred staff the remit the NMRO has grown steadily in recent years. Further responsibilities have also been transferred to NMRO including, among others, WEEE legislation-distributor responsibilities and distributor responsibi ...
The Radio Equipment Directive or RED (2014/53/EU) replaces the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment or R&TTE Directive (1999/5/EC). RED was first added to the Official Journal of the European Union in May 2014 and will enter into force on 13 June 2016 after a two year transition. RED introduces obligations for importers and distributors of radio equipment. Broadcast receivers are now included in the scope of RED. Telecom Terminal Equipment which has no radio interface will no long ...
Four phthalates that are already on the REACH Candidate List will also be restricted under the RoHS2 Directive taking the number of substances to ten. DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP that are primarily used as plasticisers to soften plastics, will be restricted from 22 July 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment apart from Category 8 (medical devices) and Category 9 (monitoring and control equipment) that will have an additional two years to comply by 22 July 2021. The maximum concentration va ...
With the RoHS2 CE mark directive now capturing categories eight (medical devices) and nine (consumer monitoring and control instruments) there has been increased interest in the typical contents of an obligatory technical file: Description of the electrical equipment including block diagrams Wiring and circuit diagrams and explanations of what they mean List of harmonised standards applied in full or in part Records of risk assessments Data sheets for critical sub-assemblies Bill-of-materials / ...
The package of measures known as the “New Legislative Framework” was adopted in the European Council on 9 July 2008 and published in the Official Journal a few weeks later. The measures were designed to help the internal market, for goods to work better, and to strengthen and modernise the conditions for placing a wide range of industrial products on the EU market. 8 new EU directives have been aligned with the EU New Legislative Framework (NLF). All entered into force on 18 April 20 ...
As another year draws to a close we have the chance to look back at 2014 and the legislative measures that had an impact on our industry. RoHS2 (Recast) and Conflict Minerals were probably the main areas of activity but there were others, such as WEEE and Batteries, and several other directives were the subject of recasts. RoHS2 saw the introduction, for the first time of categories eight (medical devices) and nine (monitoring and control instruments) the latter with a focus on consumer product ...
In Australia the RCM (Regulatory Compliance Mark) replaces C-tick and A-tick for existing suppliers from 1 March 2016 and has been the only mark that can be used by new suppliers since 1 March 2013. Further comprehensive information is available via the ACMA (Australian Communication and Media Authority) website including details of the RCM symbol. Suppliers must register with the authorities whether new (those that do not have a Supplier Code Number allocated) or existing although C-tick and ...
Medical Devices fell within the scope of the RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU on 22 July 2014. Most Medical Device (category 8) manufacturers have met the deadline (only just in some cases), but they have known that compliance would have been necessary since 2006 when  ERA Technology published a report on Categories  8 (medical devices) and 9 (monitoring and control instruments) on behalf of the European Commission. However, compliance has only been achieved with the acceptance of many add ...
Have you manufactured or imported a battery or accumulator, either as a discrete product or installed in electrical equipment....if so, follow the decision tree attached:     Find out more EU Batteries Directive information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive the latest EU Batteries Directive legislation updates   Found the information, now get the part! Visit our online store   Got an opinion you want to share? Leave your comments below ...
Back in July 2006 ERA published their recommendation on categories 8 and 9 to the European Commission (later amended in September 2006). Annex 2 contained an indicative list of the products that will fall in scope from 22 July 2014 through to 2017. We attach the list here but point out there is still a debate around the definition of "professional" monitoring and control equipment.     Find out more EU RoHS Directive information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive ...
Discussions on a list of new substances to be restricted under the RoHS2 directive 2011/65/EU will continue in October with the launch of a fourth consultation and third stakeholder meeting on four selected chemicals according to ENDS. In late August, the European Commission confirmed that the inclusion of flame retardant HBCDD and phthalates DEHP, BBP and DBP would be discussed this autumn. Expert Dr. Paul Goodman of ERA Technology advises that HBCDD will be "considered" because the RoHS direc ...
  I still get asked about lead in solder and when and where it can be used.                        There is no restriction on the sale of lead based solder as there are many excluded sectors that still can, and do, use it. If it is used for repairs, it is up to the repairer to ensure that they do not use parts and materials that contain RoHS substances when they are repairing e ...
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USB and ethernet cable

Posted by gnevison May 17, 2013
  The RoHS FAQs make it clear that in general finished cables (e.g. terminated not just simple cable on a reel) are in scope and that data cables are Category  3 or 4.  So the CE mark should be applied to USB and Ethernet cables. Cables specifically intended for a product which is in a different category or excluded would be in the same category as that product.  Normally this would not be the case for generic use cable like USB or Ethernet unless there was some particul ...