March 30, 2013: Canada issues mandatory survey notice for chemicals and products that contain any of the ten substances included in the Environment Canada list of Certain organic flame retardant substances.
March 13, 2013: First Stakeholder meeting was held in Brussels as part of the review of the "List of Restricted Substances under RoHS 2". Several industry stakeholders expressed concern about the large number of substances being considered and that manufacturer specific voluntary restrictions are being considered in the assessment.
January 31, 2013: IEC 62474 Declarable Substance List (DSL) was updated with additional regulated substances that may be found in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Most of the substances that were added are REACH Candidate List SVHCs. The International Standard IEC 62474 DSL replaces the JIG-101 substance list that was commonly used by industry since 2006. The IEC 62474 database is available at: http://std.iec.ch/iec62474
January 2, 2013: RoHS-2 (EU Directive 2001/65/EU) comes into effect. Manufacturers have new obligations including Conformity Assessment Procedures, Technical Documentation, Register of non-conforming products, and identifying marks.
December 19, 2012: ECHA adds 54 new SVHCs to the EU REACH Candidate List. Manufacturers have an immediate obligation to be able to provide information on these SVHCs in their products above 0.1 percent of the article weight. The SVHC Candidate List now contains 138 substances. The International validation team for the IEC 62474 Declarable Substance List will begin assessing these substance to determine which substance may occur in electronics.
December 12, 2012: EU Commission kicks off the consultation to review additional substances for restriction in the EU RoHS Directive. The final report and recommendations are scheduled for publication by November 21, 2013. Several high priority substances have already been identified:
The flame retardants Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A), Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), and the phthalates Bis (2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
June 18, 2012: 13 substances added to REACH Candidate List of SVHC. The EU has added 13 substances to the SVHC Candidate List bringing the total to 84 substances which impose mandatory communication obligations for manufacturers, importers and distributors. The substances are: TEGDME; EGDME; Diboron trioxide; Formamide; Lead(II) bis(methanesulfonate); TGIC; β-TGIC; Michler's ketone; Michler's base; dimethylammonium chloride (C.I. Basic Blue 26) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketoneor Michler's base]; dimethylammonium chloride (C.I. Basic Violet 3) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone or Michler's base]; 4,4'-bis(dimethylamino)-4''-(methylamino)trityl alcohol [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone or Michler's base]; and α,α-Bis[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-4 (phenylamino)naphthalene-1-methanol (C.I. Solvent Blue 4) [with ≥ 0.1% of Michler's ketone or Michler's base]
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