It’s funny how the same issues come round regularly. The first time I saw these was in the mid 90′s when I was shown a family of power supplies that had been built into the sort of plastic boxes you can get from Radio Shack.
Now, there is nothing wrong with plastic boxes from Radio [...]
At the moment Enforcement rules across the EU are inconsistent and fragmented. This means that there are specific ‘soft’ points were non-complaint and unsafe products can enter the EU without detection, this is bad, but, because of the Single Market principle those non-compliant (and unsafe) goods then have free access to every Member State.
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PROBLEM STATEMENT: Directives and Regulations change from time-to-time (announcements are made monthly in the OJ) and may introduce new requirements or actions in addition to those summarized by your product’s Technical File. (Example; the REACH Recast.)
Additionally, Standards also change, adding new requirements or changing Pass-Fail [...]
EMC has not only come a long way, but has progressed from a black art to a science.
In the 1960′s/70’s very few designers concerned themselves with EMC performance. The only exceptions for commercial products were if interference prevented the product working properly, interfered with radio or TV or where a failure could mean loss [...]
Well, the end of a Mayan calendar cycle on the 2012 Winter Solstice apparently didn’t signal some cataclysmic event with global impact, but even so, as one cycle ends, a new one begins.
There are a number of important changes for manufacturers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment, that apply immediately in 2013 if [...]
Before Thanksgiving Dinner started in our house, we took the opportunity to raise a glass of wine or beer (in the case of some) to express our thanks for family, friends, good health and life in general.
During the course of our various toasts, our daughter in law looked in the bottom of the (English) [...]
It’s worth remembering that the WEEE and RoHS Directives began life as two aspects of a single piece of draft regulation back in 1996 when the Parliament requested proposals for directives on waste streams, including tackling WEEE and reducing hazardous substances in WEEE – WEEE having already been identified as priority waste stream [...]
Environmental legislation like the EU’s RoHS Directive and REACH regulation and similar laws in China, India and other nations around the globe,now require manufacturers to keep detailed records from their supply chain of the materials used in their products. In the USA this burden will likely increase soon,due to the conflict minerals reporting [...]
Now is as good a time as any to start a new commitment towards product safety. Making your products safe and compliant is not only an ethical business practice, it is a great way to avoid dealing with regulatory bodies and all the fines and costs associated with them. In that spirit, we reached out [...]
Another day, another modification: so goes life in the tumultuous world of EU regulation. Understanding and evolving with EU regulation is our job here at Phoenix Technical Group, so when we hear news of any updates from the regulatory front we like to pass them on to you.
Apparently e-waste (electronic waste) is a big [...]