The European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA) has welcomed the adoption of the revised EU RoHS Directive as an important decision which acknowledges the need for science based legislation.
The Official Journal of the European Union published the revised Directive for Restrictions of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ROHS) on 1 July following agreement between the EU Council and the European Parliament on 8 June. EFRA says it believes the new text represents an improvement to the previous RoHS Directive as it provides more clarity and predictability for industry by establishing a methodology to ensure that future restrictions under the Directive are coherent with REACH. The revised Directive will enter into force on 21 July 2011 and Member States will then need to incorporate its provisions into national legislation by 2 January 2013. From this date onwards, the previous RoHS Directive will no longer apply.