EU presidency seeks to scrap RoHS 'priority list'

The prospect of a first reading agreement on new EU rules for hazardous substances in electronics (RoHS) appeared dim this week as the Belgian EU presidency proposed to abandon a list of priority substances that may eventually be banned.

Such a list was included in the European Commission's original proposal, but it only included four substances of very high concern. In June the parliament's environment committee voted to drastically expand this list to 37 substances.

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