Saturday, February 26, 2011

RoHS recast adopted by European Parliament in 1st reading

The European Parliament adopted its position at the 1st reading on RoHS recast amendments. This position is a result of compromise negotiated between the Parliament and European Council on the Commission's amendment proposals.
The recast has primarily moved the EU RoHS legislation to an open scope, bringing previously excluded EEE into scope. This will be covered in detail in coming blogs. There are now clear exemptions under RoHS for large-scale stationary industrial tools (LSIT), large-scale fixed installations (LSFI), non-road mobile machinery made exclusively for professional use and photovoltaic panels.
Proposed restrictions on additional substance, including nanosilver and long multi-walled carbon nanotubes have not been included.
RoHS will become a CE marking directive and in scope EEE will have to bear a CE marking along with required documentation in language easily understood by consumers and other end-users in the Member State in which EEE ia made available on market.
The legislation calls for a review of the Directive after 3 years.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Acer supports ban of PVC and brominated flame retardants in RoHS recast

On March 24, 2010, Acer, one of world's leading computer manufacturers launched a strong position paper to support the proposals for PVC and BFR substance bans in the RoHS revision, and in particular support for Amendments 29, 31 and 71 of Jill Evans’ report.

The paper states that Acer has been striving to reach the target of prohibiting the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BFRs (brominated flame retardants) and phthalates in all products by working with partners and suppliers, by integrating internal and external resources, and through the HSF (hazardous substance free) Plan. Some of their HSF notebook models (with BFRs-free printed wiring boards and casings, except AC power cables): Aspire 3811TZ, Aspire 3811TZG, Aspire 3811T and Aspire 3811TG have been succesfully launched to market in January 2010.

Ref: http://chemsec.org/images/stories/publications/Downloads/Acers_Position_on_Organo-Cl_Br-free_of_RoHS_Revision.pdf

IPC Materials declaration to include REACH and China RoHS

IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management was updated to include REACH and CHina RoHS requirements. IPC provides an industry-wide reporting format for material declaration data exchange between companies in the electronic interconnect supply chain.
The revised spec has a broader scope to address compliance with additional substance restrictions, including REACH and China RoHS. The new standard is also set up to more efficiently incorporate additional substance restrictions, promulgated through either existing or new regulations.

Ref: http://pcdandf.com/cms/fabnews/7128-ipc-updates-materials-declaration-standard

Friday, February 26, 2010

Orgalime position on RoHS recast

On February 17, 2010, Orgalime, The European Engineering Industries Association submitted its comments and proposals on the draft report of Rapporteur Jill Evans concerning the recast proposal for Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS).
In its statement, Orgalime reports that it cannot support 'open scope' or inclusion of all EEE in RoHS scope as "the impacts of such a far reaching modification have not been subject to a representative, thorough impact assessment at EU level". The letter also refers to the recently released Danish impact assessment which conceded that it covered selective aspects only and that “the introduction of a general scope, where RoHS covers all EEE, may have quite far reaching consequences and there may be the need for general exclusions for some product groups".
Orgalime does not object to introducing new substance restrictions in RoHS as long as they are scientifically evaluated beforehand to ensure that the shift to alternatives provides better performance in environmental and technical terms. New restrictions would also need to fully tie in with the new European wide EU chemicals regime REACH.
Orgalime is also concerned with the proposal to delete two fundamental criteria for the evaluation of applications for RoHS exemptions: namely, the socio economic criterion, and the criterion of the availability and reliability of a substitute.
Orgalime has also called for allignment of relevant sections of RoHS with REACH - mainly proposing that criteria used in Title VIII of the REACH Regulation providing for a methodology for evaluating substances prior to taking a decision on whether or not to restrict them, be applied under the RoHS directive.
Orgalime's full position paper available at: http://chemicalwatch.com/downloads/ORGALIME_Comments_RoHS_report_170210.pdf

IUCLID 5.2 now available

ECHA's IUCLID 5 is a software application that is used to store information on chemicals and to prepare dossiers for submission. IUCLID stands for International Uniform ChemicaL Information Database.


The new version of IUCLID, IUCLID 5.2 released on February 15, 2010 includes several updates of the OECD Harmonised Templates used to report information from studies on chemicals. The latest revisions of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling and of its European implementation (the CLP Regulation) have also been integrated. More information on the new version can be obtained at http://iuclid.echa.europa.eu/index.php?fuseaction=home.news&type=public&id=30

IUCLID 5 is a software that allows the user to enter, manage, store and exchange information on intrinsic and hazard properties of chemical substances. It implements the Harmonised Templates developed by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). This means that IUCLID 5 is compatible with chemical legislation and programme requirements in different part of the world, among them REACH, the EU Biocides Directive and the OECD High Production Volume (HPV) Programme. Data stored in IUCLID 5 can be easily reused for any of these purposes and to support other regulatory requirements.

Companies impacted by REACH can therefore use IUCLID 5 to create, manage, store, view and export data on chemical substances to fulfill their REACH legislation requirements. The software can be downloaded and used free of charge.

Ref: http://echa.europa.eu/reach/software/iuclid5_en.asp

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Timeline on ROHS and WEEE recast

Both RoHS and WEEE recast proposals are being discussed in the European Parliament around the same time. Here are tentative dates for various actions.

Tentative timeline for RoHS recast -

28 September-1 October 2009: Exchange of views without draft report
04 November 2009: Exchange of view with draft report
11 November 2009: Deadline for amendments
25-28 January 2010: Exchange of views on draft report and amendments
9 March 2010: Deadline for amendments
4 May 2010: Vote in the ENVI committee
15-16 June 2010: Vote in plenary

Tentative timeline for WEEE recast -

23 February, 2010: Discussion of report in ENVI Committee (Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee of the European Parliament)
9 March, 2010: Deadline for amendments
06/07 April, 2010: Exchange of views
04 May, 2010: Vote on Rapporteur Florenz’s report by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee  
15/16 June 2010: Vote on proposed amendments in a European Parliamentary plenary session
June 2010: European Council meeting for discussion of the Parliament’s proposed amendments


Ref:
http://www.cesa.org.uk/news-weee-and-rohs-recast-timelines.asp
http://www.huplast.hu/mmsz/cikkek/108/European%20Parliament%20Activities%20-%20February%202010.pdf
http://www.chemsec.org/news/491-rohs-timetable-update
http://www.hktdc.com/info/mi/a/baeu/en/1X06LYKM/1/Business-Alert-–-EU/Upcoming-European-Parliament-report-on-WEEE-recast.htm

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Draft report by EP on proposal for WEEE recast released

Draft report on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) under rapporteur, Karl-Heinz Florenz was released Feb 8, 2010. (COM(2008)0810 – C6 0472/2008 – 2008/0241(COD))


Parliament has asked for directive to cover all electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers and electrical and electronic equipment intended for professional use. However fixed industrial large scale installations and photovoltaic modules are to be excluded from scope.

With regards to collection, the amendment states that Member States should encourage all stakeholders handling WEEE to help achieve the aim of the Directive, and not just the producers. Additionally, consumers should have the responsibility for ensuring that end-of-life EEE is taken to collection facilities.

Regarding the relationship between RoHS and WEEE on scope, Commission proposed that this Directive shall apply to electrical and electronic equipment falling under the categories set out in Annex I of Directive 20xx/xx/EC (RoHS). However Parliament amended this to say ‘This Directive shall apply to all electrical and electronic equipment.’ Justification offered for this is that an 'open' scope results in greater legal certainty - a major aim in revising the Directive - since all EEE is included. Fixed industrial large scale installations are excluded and the justification provided is that the aim of the directive, in particular, is to ensure that WEEE is properly collected and disposed of. Fixed industrial large-scale installations are assembled and disassembled by specialist personnel; they involve a regulated waste stream.

The draft report also proposes a definition for fixed industrial large scale installation and photovoltaic modules.


'Fixed industrial large-scale installation' means a particular industrial large-scale combination of several types of apparatus and, where applicable, other devices, which are assembled, installed and intended to be used permanently at a predefined location.

'Photovoltaic modules' means photovoltaic modules which are intended for use in a system designed, assembled and installed for permanent operation for power generation for public, commercial and private purposes.

Entire draft report at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/file.jsp?id=5723502