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EU Governments Reach Agreement on Spare Parts Under RoHS

On 21 June, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Council agreed on proposed amendments to the RoHS Directive. These amendments will permit secondary market operations, such as reselling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and spare parts containing prohibited substances beyond the current 2019 deadline, in order to promote a circular economy by facilitating […]

REACH Substance in Articles Guidance Revision Published

On June 28, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The guidance is intended to provide clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are contained in articles. The updated guidance includes new examples in […]

ECHA Adds Four Substances to REACH Candidate List

Four more substances will be added to the REACH candidate list in January after ECHA’s Member State Committee unanimously agreed they should be designated as substances of very high concern (SVHC). This will bring the total number of substances on the list to 173. The four substances are bisphenol A, the perfluorinated chemical PFDA (nonadecafluorodecanoic […]

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation

Today, at the end of the day in Europe, negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission reached a final agreement on the Conflict Minerals Regulation. For the past five months, the Council and the European Parliament have been working together to implement a June political agreement on conflict minerals regulation. […]

EU Court of Justice Rules on REACH Articles Definition

On September 10, the EU Court of Justice released a ruling on a case about the calculation of levels of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The ruling says that producers must calculate the levels of SVHCs in their products at the level of […]

EU Parliament Votes for Mandatory Conflict Minerals Requirements

The European Parliament unexpectedly voted today to require mandatory conflict minerals certification by companies in the European Union (EU). The European Parliament voted 402 in favor versus 118 against with 171 abstentions on a proposal to require companies, including electronics firms, that buy gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten to certify imports do not provide financial […]

IPC and SEMI Submit Comments on Draft Methodology for Evaluating Substances under the RoHS Directive

On April 15, IPC and SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) jointly submitted detailed comments to the European Commission on their proposed methodology for evaluating substances under the RoHS Directive. IPC and SEMI’s comments provide an alternative approach to evaluating substances based on risk, rather than solely on hazard. Within the comments, IPC and SEMI […]

Radio Equipment Directive Update Proposed by European Commission

The number of mobile devices and wireless applications has grown over the years and continues to show potential for further innovation and expansion. However, with the increase in applications comes the risk of interferences between devices. The European Commission has proposed to update the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (1999/5/EC). The proposal aims to […]