The road to RoHS compliance

07 March 2011

element14, the collaborative electronics community from Premier Farnell, is providing resources and guidance on its legislation page to help manufacturers and design engineers better understand the recent changes made in the RoHS Directive.

While RoHS was put into effect by the EU on 1 July 2006, it impacts any electronics manufacturer who is conducting global business.

A free RoHS eBook, which addresses the recent recast changes and live chat with global legislative expert Gary Nevison, are available to demystify and expedite compliance.

The original directive restricted six substances in the manufacturing of certain categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), including IT equipment. However, the recast, agreed in September 2010, will eventually include category 11, which will include all EEE not captured in categories 1 to 10, unless specifically excluded. The recast also outlines the dates when medical devices and monitoring and control instruments (along with additional exemptions) will fall within scope.

As a seasoned product and legislation expert at global electronics distributor Premier Farnell for more than 30 years, Nevison speaks extensively at legislation and environmental seminars around the world, serves on the Electronic Component Supply Network, and writes legislation blogs.

“Current legislation such as RoHS can be complex and often difficult to understand, but scarce information about legislation can cause even greater frustration,” said Nevison. “The interactive legislation community page, in tandem with element14’s collaborative community of electronic engineers, underscores our commitment to providing as much data and resources possible in one easily accessible location to give engineers and other electronics professionals, the tools they need to succeed.”

element14 offers guidance on EU RoHS, China RoHS, Korea RoHS, REACH, ErP, WEEE, the Battery Directive plus state and provincial environmental laws in the US and Canada.

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