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Revised EU RoHS Timetable Begins

Now that the EU's revision of its Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been published in The Official Journal of the European Union, the clock begins ticking for EU member states to integrate the environmental guidelines into their laws. EU-wide, however, the law goes into effect on July 21, 2011 — 20 days after the revision is published.

EU member states have 18 months to transpose RoHS into their national laws. Once that occurs, the regulations are expected to become official no later than January 2, 2013.

As expected, the scope of the EU's RoHS has expanded to include more electronics and electrical equipment, including medical devices and monitoring and control instruments. (See: Revised RoHS Directive Adopted in EU.) The target date for compliance of these products is 2014. Other electronics and electrical equipment not specifically covered by the revision will be expected to comply by 2019.

Exemptions to RoHS are still available, but the industry — not the EU — will have to demonstrate the need for exemption. Companies will also have to submit an application for exemption every 18 months for consideration of renewal.

The revised RoHS directive does not restrict any additional substances. However, as part of an ongoing requirement to review restricted substances, four materials have been identified for assessment: Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

3 comments on “Revised EU RoHS Timetable Begins

  1. saranyatil
    July 6, 2011

    Barbara,

    Thanks for the post. I doubt if it will be completed in 18 months should wait and watch for 2013.

  2. Jay_Bond
    July 6, 2011

    This is going to be a big deal for some major companies and some of the countries in the EU. I find it hard to believe they will have the laws implemented within 18 months. I'm thinking a more realistic time is 2013. Even then there might be some who still don't comply. It will be interesting to see if other countries not in the EU will follow suit.

  3. Anand
    July 8, 2011

    “Companies will also have to submit an application for exemption every 18 months for consideration of renewal.”

    @Barbara,

     Dont you think this process of submitting application every 18 months will add lot of complexity to the entire implementation process ? How will this step be beneficial ?

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