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  The Oko Institut recently published its report on 18 new RoHS exemption requests to be added to the RoHS Recast 2011/65/EU. The final version of their report was published in December amending that of September.   The majority of the requests were made by trade bodies representing the “phase-in” product areas of medical (category 8) and monitoring and control (category 9) sectors that will fall within scope from July 2014 onwards.   Oko has recommended to the Eur ...
  The 1st of January 2013 saw the expiry of exemption 7c-III for “Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of less than 125V AC or 250V DC” except in spare parts used to maintain, repair or upgrade equipment that was placed on the EU market before the end of 2012.   The exemption applied to ceramic chip capacitors which is an extremely common component in electrical equipment. Many ceramic capacitor manufacturers have been producing lead-free dielectr ...
  There have been numerous questions around who is responsible for placing their contact details on equipment so as to align with the requirements of the RoHS Recast. The thoughts of Dr Paul Goodman of ERA Technology are useful as ever:   "Article 7(h) is quite clear – manufacturers must put their contact details on electrical products. If the manufacturer is located outside the EU, then the importer must also affix their contact details, and according to the enforcers, the ad ...
  Another popular question is around the use of lead based solder which is clearly not RoHS compliant.   There is no widespread restriction on sale as there are many excluded sectors that still can, and do, use it. If the solder is used in 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 equipment that was in scope of RoHS when it was placed on the EU market. All suppliers need to do is tell user ...
The European Commission’s environment department has launched the 1st stakeholder consultation in relation to the review of the 'List of Restricted Substances' for the RoHS directive. This is the beginning of a long consultation process that will end in November which aims at supporting the identification of hazardous substances used in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). Interested parties are invited to participate in the consultation and to submit their comments by e-mail by 1 ...