Manufacturers face ‘critical’ far reaching impacts with finalised RoHS recast Directive

The European Council has today rubberstamped a two and half years recast procedure on the revised RoHS Directive. The legislation, which restricts the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, such as TVs, laptops, washing machines, fridges and lighting equipment has now been extended to progressively phase in medical devices, monitoring and control equipment and other electrical and electronic equipment into the scope.

Said Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, “Now this legislation is adopted, we have to make it work and along the timelines fixed. This legislation is critical for our manufacturers as it has far reaching implications: not only do substance restrictions imply design changes with the costs that this entails, but it is also a complex task to ensure that the necessary changes happen in our global supply chains which often include many thousands of suppliers. And our first duty is to ensure that the technical solutions we adopt satisfy our customers while also respecting other essential requirements such as health and safety regulations”.

26 May, 2011
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