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EU Launches Consultation on Three RoHS Exemption Requests

The European Union has launched a stakeholder consultation on three new exemption requests. The online stakeholder consultation started on September 26, 2017 and will run for six weeks until November 7, 2017. It covers a request for the renewal of an existing exemption and two requests for new exemptions from the RoHS Directive: • Request […]

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 […]

Withdrawal of Application to Renew Exemption 7(b) of Annex III of the RoHS Directive

Quintech Electronics & Communications, Inc. has withdrawn its application to renew exemption 7(b) of Annex III of the RoHS Directive.  Exemption 7(b) was for lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signalling, transmission, and network management for telecommunications. RoHS exemption renewal requests are reviewed by the European […]

Additional Substances to be Restricted Under RoHS2

On December 17, 2014, the EU Commission notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intentions to restrict four additional substances under the RoHS2 Directive. The four phthalates, Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) will be added to the directive in March. Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), which was […]

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 […]

IPC Submits Comments on Draft Methodology for Restricting Substances under the RoHS Directive

On March 11, 2013, IPC submitted comments to the Austrian Environmental Agency (Austrian UBA) on their proposed methodology for evaluating substances under the RoHS Directive. While IPC supports the overall goal of developing a formal scientific methodology for identifying and assessing substances for potential restriction under RoHS, IPC raised several concerns, specifically: The proposed approach […]

A Quick Reference on Some Complex Issues

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s August 1 editorial from the IPC Intouch Member Newsletter: A recent study commissioned by the Small Business Administration found that annual regulatory compliance costs in the United States hit $1.75 trillion in 2008. Multiply that worldwide and the costs of regulation for the electronics industry alone are easily measured in tens […]