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        The latest progress of environmental laws and regulations...

        Number of visits: Date:2011-07-13 15:48

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        The electronics industry in UK is the first case of the violation of RoHS directives At the end of September this year, a British company was prosecuted because of the product been on the market for high levels of lead, and the recognition of the fact that a violation of the RoHS Directive, which is the first prosecuted case in the British electronics industry since the implementation of the RoHS Directives. The prosecution only proposed a written warning rather than a penalty. Chris Smith, head of the Working Group of the UK’s National Weights and Measures Laboratory RoHS, claimed that this case could be regarded as settlement out of court; however, based on the rules of the English courts, it can still act as a judicial precedent. 2. On November 13, the Ministry of Information Industry released the Notice on the enforcement of the “Electronic Information Products Pollution Control Management Measures” On November 13, the Ministry of Information Industry released a Notice with regard to the implementation of the “Management Measures” on the official website of the Ministry, the departments involved include the Ministry of Information Industry and other relevant departments. This indicates that the government’s law enforcement agencies have retained the power to inspect products at any time. 3. On November 14, the Commerce and Industry Bureau of Beijing announced the supervision results of electronic products contamination (China RoHS law enforcement). On the morning of November 14, the Commerce and Industry Bureau of Beijing announced the supervision results of electronic products contamination. According to the result, one of the microwave models produced by a foreign invested company in Hefei and one of the learning machine models produced by a Shenzhen based company do not meet the requirements of “China Electronic Information Products Pollution Control Management Measures”, which were ordered to withdraw from the Beijing market by the Industry and Commerce Bureau. Such a law enforcement action carried out by governmental agencies to check for pollutants of electronic products was first in the country. The supervision was the quality spot check targeted to the electrical and electronic products circulating in the Beijing market. Both unqualified product models failed to mark the names and content of toxic and hazardous substances or elements, and the terms of life concerning environmental protection in accordance with the requirements of SJ/T? 11364 - 2006? Standard “Electronic Information Products Pollution Control Labeling Requirements”. 4. In December, the Australian Government will carry out RoHS Roundtable. The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of Australian Federal Government has invited environmental organizations, and all kinds of e-business and government officials to participate in the roundtable in the subject of RoHS to be held on December 7, 2007, aimed to discuss the content of the report “Early-stage Environmental and Economic Assessments of Restricted Harmful Substances in Australia”, and the development of methods to be implemented in Australia in the future. 5. German parliament approved the proposed amendment to the act of packaging materials. On November 9, 2007, the German parliament approved the proposed amendment to the act of packaging materials (German name: 5? Novelle? DerVerpackungsverordnung). The amendment requires that the packaging materials discarded by household consumers will require a license of a dual system company (such as, bi-system companies in Germany). This requirement is intended to ensure fair competitions, and make sure that producers have paid the recovery costs for the packaging of all products, so as to prevent the occurrence of “free ride”.

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