Tag Archives: ROHS

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 […]

MEPs Agree to a Revised RoHS Directive; EU Council to Adopt before Year’s End

In a November 24 plenary vote, the European Parliament agreed on proposed changes to the RoHS Directive with an overwhelming majority. Thanks to extensive lobbying by IPC and others, the proposed changes do not include any additional substances for restriction. IPC has been a strong advocate for a scientifically based RoHS Directive, lobbying extensively to […]

IPC Lobbying Efforts Pay Off: MEPs Agree to Drop List of Priority Substances for RoHS

Science had a rare victory this week. Congratulations to all who helped make this happen: Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have agreed to drop demands for a list of priority substances for new restrictions under the RoHS Directive. IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has vehemently opposed the creation of such a list, calling for […]

A moment of Wow

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s November editorial from IPC Review: A recent IPC news headline read “IPC Efforts to Base RoHS Revision on Scientific Principles May Be Paying Off.” On first read, I thought OK, that’s nice. Then I came back to it and thought, Wow. IPC is a very tiny player in the world of […]

Has Greenpeace Gone Too Far?

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s February 1 column from the IPC Intouch Newsletter: It seemed like a good idea at the time: Use publicity to nudge electronics companies toward better environmental performance. Identify the best or “greenest” companies, with the idea that consumers will reward these companies with their support. With their “dashboard,” Greenpeace took the […]

Oko Institute to Evaluate Exemptions Requests under RoHS

The RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment states “that from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE.” The Annex to the RoHS Directive lists a limited number […]

Now Available: Environmental Conference Proceedings

Now available: proceedings from the It’s Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Changing Global Environmental Laws conference includes an update on EU revision of the RoHS Directive, REACH, China RoHS, halogen free and green chemistry, along with tools for evaluating and meeting your requirements, including the IPC materials declaration standard and the iNEMI eco-impact evaluator. […]

Lead Free Redux? Report from Brussels on Halogen Free

OEMs Encourage European Union to Ban Halogens Under RoHS Last month, the recast of the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) took an unpleasant, although expected, turn. In November, I traveled to Brussels to attend a conference in the European Parliament on “Greening consumer electronics — from hazardous materials to sustainable solutions.” The […]

What’s the cost of removing rosin?

I’ve been writing about electronic technologies for way longer than I’d like to count, but it’s still an exciting field that always brings something new. I got a real reminder of this during the recent IPC Midwest conference. I was all set to hear about some technical advances, learning in depth about the technologies that […]