EU RoHS Directive Recast is Published
No. 13/2011 On July 1, 2011, RoHS Directive Recast (2011/65/EU) was published in the European Union (EU) Official Journal (OJ). The new directive retains the key elements of the existing directive, such as restrictions on the use of hazardous substances with no addition or removal.
The main changes are shown in the following: Covering all Electrical and Electronic Equipments (EEE) which are not explicitly exempt with the introduction of the new 11th product category, including some medical devices (8th product category) as well as monitoring and control equipments (9th product category) previously exempt from the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC. Certain transitional periods are provided for newly included products allowing the conversion to take place in the framework of existing resources and product development cycles. A mechanism for reviewing or amending the list is introduced in the new directive. In particular, the risks to human health and the environment arising from the use of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP) and Dibutylphthalate (DBP) should be considered as a priority. The compliance of RoHS is mandatory for the affix of CE marking and specific provisions of conformity declaration and technical documents are introduced. The existing exemptions are adopted and 20 items new exemptions for medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are proposed. The maximum validity period is set to stimulate substitution efforts. The EU member states will have approximately eighteen months to transpose the directive into national law, and the new Directive will go into effect on January 3, 2013. During this time, the current RoHS directive 2002/95/EC is still applicable.
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