Tag Archives: ROHS

RoHS Exemptions Unlikely to Be Published Before Fall 2017

The EU Commission and Member States continue to meet to discuss the disposition of RoHS exemption renewal requests submitted by industry in January 2015.  During their December 15, 2016 meeting in Brussels, the experts reviewed requests on: Lead as an alloying element in steel (Annex III exemption 6a); Lead as an alloying element in aluminum […]

RoHS and PoPs Chemicals Found in Nearly 40 Percent of Electronics in Sweden

Sweden’s Chemical Agency (Kemi) found banned chemicals in nearly 40 percent of audited low-cost electrical and electronic products. The audits, which took place throughout 2016, revealed that the discount electronics category has a “high rate of noncompliance” with Swedish and European Union RoHS and Persistent Organic Pollutants (PoPs) requirements. Labeling and documentation obligations under REACH […]

IPC Concerned by EU Consultant Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

IPC’s RoHS Exemptions workgroup and other industry members are deeply concerned that the recommendations recently provided to the EU Commission by their consultants will have a significant negative impact on the industry.  Many of the recommendations provide for only a two-year renewal and reword the current exemptions in ways that will lead to increase in […]

China RoHS Final FAQ Document Released

On May 16, 2016, the Department of Energy Saving and Comprehensive Utilization in China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the “Frequent Q&As on Management Methods for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products.” The “Management Methods for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” were enacted […]

Product Compliance Requires Supply Chain Transparency

By Tord Dennis, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Changes to the RoHS, REACH, and conflict minerals regulations make the need for supply chain transparency more crucial than ever. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2015 that the 0.1% threshold for notifying SVHCs ( Substances of Very High Concern) in articles applies to “each of […]

European Spotlight: Trends, Innovations, and Growth

IPC President and CEO John Mitchell discusses the growth of the electronics industry within Europe and how IPC supports IPC members through standards, education and advocacy efforts.    

Emerging and Critical Environmental Product Requirements Conference Tour a Big Hit

Last week, IPC and ITI hosted three conferences on Emerging and Critical Environmental Product Requirements.  The conferences were held in three locales nationwide in order to facilitate member attendance: Ft. Lee, N.J.; Des Plaines, Ill.; and Milpitas, Calif. Additionally, a kickoff luncheon for member representatives in Washington, D.C. featured conference keynote speakers Steve Andrews of […]

RoHS Exemption 7b Set to Expire; You Can Help Ensure Renewal

Exemption 7b under the EU RoHS Directive will expire in July 2016 unless a renewal is granted. Requests for renewal of Exemption 7b must be submitted by January 2015. Renewal requests require technical information, including reliability data that proves the need for an exemption to continue. Lead solders that meet the criteria in Exemption 7b […]

Final Recommendations for Additional Substances to be Restricted under RoHS Published

The Austrian Environmental Agency (UBA) recently published their final report on the methodology for reviewing substances for potential restriction under the EU RoHS Directive. The report, along with four substance restriction dossiers (HBCDD, DEHP, BBP, DPB), an inventory of substances used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), and a prioritized list of substances to be […]

IPC Submits Comments to European Union on RoHS Review

On February 8, 2013, IPC submitted comments  to the European Union (EU) Commission applauding the Commission for supporting the use of a scientific methodology to identify and assess substances for inclusion in Annex II (list of restricted substances) under the RoHS Directive. In January, the Commission launched a stakeholder consultation of the review of Annex […]