Directives & Standards

Almost every product needs to conform to a particular standard. Examples include designing to AEC-Q100 for the automotive industry and to IEC 60601 for medical products. Meanwhile, systems often need to conform to a range of European Directives, such as EMC or RoHS.

In this section, we keep designers up to date with developments in European Directives and in the standards to which products must be designed.

Are you plugged in?

The Energy Using Products Directive is likely to have as big an implication on product design as RoHS. By Vanessa Knivett.

Time’s Up

With the RoHS directive coming into force on 1st July, there’s a dawning realisation that many companies won’t be ready. By Vanessa Knivett.

Mobiles get wings

Satellite based mobile phone services will allow airline passengers to make calls from on high. By Vanessa Knivett.

Substance abuse

With the RoHS deadline fast approaching, just how prepared are companies to meet the demands of the legislation? By Vanessa Knivett.

A standard approach

With Specific Absorption Rate values notoriously ‘political’, the wise and the wary test at the early design stage. By Vanessa Knivett.

Living with WEEE

With the deadline for compliance to WEEE recently extended, just how prepared to meet the legislation is the UK? By Vanessa Knivett.

Time is running out

Whilst the electronics industry may be in the early stages of discussion regarding the implications of WEEE and RoHS, time to comply is running out. By Vanessa Knivett.

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