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Europe RoHS Directive

61 Posts authored by: gnevison
The European Commission is planning a revision to the rules and extending the scope of spare part provisions that restrict their use in hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Existing RoHS regulations provide for the use of spare parts up to 22 July 2019 but not beyond for new product categories covered by the legislation. The Commission confirmed that certain new product placed on the market lawfully before that date would not be able to be repaired with spare parts beyo ...
When RoHS exemptions expire on 22 July 2016, any Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) already on the EU market can continue to be sold. However new EEE using expired exemptions cannot be placed on the market beyond the 22nd. Components that use the exemptions will no longer be compliant after 22 July 2016 so manufacturers cannot use them to make ROHS compliant EEE. They can however be used as spare parts in older EEE or in products out of the scope of RoHS. Companies will have to reflec ...
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 ...
The term “professional use” has required clarification for quite some time. For example it needs to be understood when assessing monitoring and control instruments that fall within scope during July 2017…..READ ON! Professional use should incorporate professional teaching to others, such as how to use the equipment. In this context, the equipment should be considered as for professional use. It is noted that teaching is changing as a profession and that Category 9 electrical ...
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances or RoHS Directive in the EU restricts the use of toxic materials in the manufacturing of electrical and electronic equipment. In conjunction with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive its aim is to tackle the problem of toxic waste ending up in landfill sites. RoHS covers six substances - lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and flame retardants polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. The maximum permitted leve ...
The obligations for category 11 products differ slightly from those of other categories. There is no allowance to use non-compliant spare parts in pre 2019 equipment. RoHS also applies to category 11 products made available from 23 July 2019 and not, as with other product categories that must comply if placed on the market after the relevant deadline. Therefore, old non-compliant “category 11” stocks cannot be sold after 23 July 2019, regardless of when they were made or imported int ...
The Oko Institut is now in the process of reviewing RoHS exemptions with a programme as follows: Pack 7 = 4 products were under review, the consultation is now closed and the final report is expected by the end of September 2015. Pack 8 = 3 products were under review, the consultation is now closed, and the final report is expected by the middle of December 2015. Pack 9 = 29 products under review until the end of October with a final report due by March 2016. Pack 10 = 2 products to re-evaluate ...
The use of four phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP will be banned in electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) sold in the European Union from July 2019 (2021 for medical devices and monitoring and control instruments). The amendment to the RoHS Directive is imminent after Members of the European Parliament raised no objections to the Commission’s proposal. The Commission also outlined that evidence shows that phthalates when used in EEE can have a negative impact on recycling as well as h ...
The Oko Institute are looking at four exemption renewals and there is a large backlog of renewal requests to follow. Analysis on 7b, 9b, 13a and 13b started on 29 December 2014 and is expected to run for 9 months. The European Commission is obliged by the RoHS recast to make a decision within 12 months of the request being submitted so expect at least a recommendation from Oko around September or October time. Publication in the Official Journal could take another year!     Find out m ...
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The danger of PBDEs

Posted by gnevison Mar 4, 2015
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) which are often used as fire retardants, can be found around the home in such as the television, computer, toaster and the sofa. They are also found in blood and breast milk which is clearly a concern for human health. PBDEs alter calcium signalling in the brain – a critical mechanism for transmitting information between and within brain cells for learning and memory, and for regulating the release of hormones in the body. Because they can slow the sp ...
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Toys fail the test

Posted by gnevison Feb 25, 2015
According to the National Measurement Office, research was carried out on a range of higher priced (£30 and upwards) toys with a view to ascertaining levels of compliance with both the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Battery and Accumulators Directives. A total of 15 different toys, at varying price points, were selected in categories such as educational, outdoor and musical toys. Of the 15 toys 40% failed compliance. Failure included chemical content or labelling while a qua ...
The implementation dates for monitoring and control instruments were outlined in the legal text of the RoHS2 directive 2011/65/EU. Monitoring and Control Instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2014. These were designed specifically for use by consumers and, for example, college students. Where the products are designed exclusively for use by professionals, for example as part of their job, they fall into scope by 22 July 2017. If a student uses occasionally then it does not change the s ...
China RoHS labelling requirements came in to force in March 2007 and a catalogue of products subject to potential restrictions later that year. Over seven years on we are still waiting for the latter. However, SJ/T11364-2014 the “marking for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” replaced the 2006 version on 1 January 2015. This also removes the need for Packaging symbols. So, at last, some modest progress although the popular question of does ...
The transition dates for the potential new RoHS Substances are not yet decided but are expected to be around 2017 to 2019 other than categories 8 and 9 that are likely to be 2019 to 2021     Find out more EU RoHS Directive information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive the latest EU RoHS 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 ...
Please find attached an updated list of RoHS exemptions (updated 9 October).     Find out more EU RoHS Directive information.   Register with element14 to be able to receive the latest EU RoHS 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 ...