ICSR (Soldering and Reliability) Conference Proceedings

How To Cope With The Next Wave In Substance Regulations

Author: Walter Jager
Company: Intertek
Date Published: 5/4/2011   Conference: ICSR (Soldering and Reliability)

Abstract: By early 2011, the EU Commission will have published the next edition in one of the most significant legislative acts to have ever impacted the electronics industry. The recast of the EU RoHS Directive (restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) will bring nearly all electrical and electronic products within scope, including medical devices and many other products requiring high reliability. RoHS2 also introduces a number of new conformity obligations. Declaration and authorization of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the EU REACH regulation is another growing challenge as the number of SVHCs on the Candidate List is expected to rise to over 200 within the next few years. Emerging regulations and voluntary initiatives on carbon footprint will also require electronics to carefully consider product design, material selection, manufacturing and other life cycle stages.

This paper presents the new requirements of the EU RoHS2 Directive and the latest updates to the EU REACH regulation for SVHC declaration and authorization. It also discusses several International IEC standards that have been recently published or are in development to assist the electronics industry with compliance to environmental regulations. These standards can help organizations cope with the new regulations and corporate sustainability initiatives in areas including materials declaration, restricted substance controls, environmentally conscious design, material testing, and carbon footprint calculation.

Key words: RoHS, REACH, SVHC

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