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Understanding RoHS and REACH: Impacts on your Global Markets

SiliconExpert Technologies

Companies manufacturing equipment or consumer parts that use hazardous materials in the manufacturing process must comply with environmental regulations from multiple geographic markets. Two key sets of regulations - RoHS and REACH - require compliance if you are selling to markets in the European Union, China, Korea, and parts of the United States. The list of markets with materials controls related to electronics changes periodically. Compliance with RoHS and REACH requires extensive knowledge of your supply chain, excellent record keeping, and in some cases testing. Whether you are an OEM or a supplier, understanding the restrictions on hazardous materials and compliance is critical to maintaining and expanding market share. This white paper provides a description of the basic RoHS and REACH requirements, enforcement and compliance, and upcoming changes in legislation. Global markets require awareness and understanding of hundreds of requirements from packaging and transportation to import and export regulations. For electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers, there are added environmental requirements. These regulations require OEMs, and by extension their suppliers, to document the materials that the equipment and parts are made of and come in contact with during the manufacturing phase.

Tags : reach, rohs, environmental compliance, environmental regulation, electronic part, boms

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Published:  Feb 08, 2011
Length:  8
Type:  White Paper