EU legislators strike first reading deal on RoHS

Member states and European Parliament negotiators have reached a first reading agreement on revised EU rules restricting hazardous substances in electronics (RoHS). The full parliament is set to approve the deal next week*.

A partial deal was reached last Monday, but an agreement over what criterion should be used to exempt substances was left outstanding. Member states, led by the UK, wanted substances to be eligible for exemption on the basis of substitutes not being available in a reasonable amount of time. But MEPs said this was too subjective.

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