This article discusses two recent European Commission publications: a proposal for an EU Sustainable Products Regulation and the 2022-2024 Ecodesign & Energy Labelling Working Plan. Both publications raise implications for businesses involved in the manufacture and supply of electrical and electronic equipment to the EU market.
This article discusses the legislation that applies when placing radio equipment on the Saudi market. For product manufacturers intent on exporting radio equipment to Saudi Arabia, the fact that the relevant legislation was adopted at the national level is significant. The article gives an overview of the Saudi legal framework, including obligations falling upon radio equipment manufacturers and importers.
This article discusses and contextualizes the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation for the electronics sector. While electrical equipment manufacturers that place products on the EU market are not specifically targeted under the Regulation, the law applies to them if their operations involve importing conflict-implicated metals and minerals into the EU (e.g., for use in manufacturing their products). Regardless, the Regulation raises implications for any electrical equipment manufacturer that distributes and sells products in the EU, specifically when it comes to publicly reporting on uses of conflict minerals. The EU’s proposed “transparency platform” is detailed in this regard.
Wireless devices are now in the legislative spotlight the world over. Safety, performance, spectrum usage and protection of personal data are all matters of regulation, although countries vary in how they regulate such concerns. This article looks at Australia as a case study, reviewing the overarching legal framework, the role of the national regulator, conformity assessment and the use of standards.
The EU’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED) places various obligations upon manufacturers of in-scope equipment. Some of these obligations are the same as those found in the Low Voltage and EMC Directives, but others are unique to the RED and can be complex and relatively demanding to comply with. This article identifies and discusses those obligations while suggesting that manufacturers need to continually monitor developments in legislation and standardization.
Standards for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Surge Protectors and Protective Circuits
The standards reviewed here have been developed to help ensure that ICT circuits will be adequately protected against surges, especially those due to lightning.
The European Commission's Low Voltage Directory (LVD) legal obligations vary for economic operators, with most falling upon manufacturers. The new LVD Guide offers interpretation and instruction on these obligations, clarifying when importers and distributors might take on manufacturer responsibilities among other issues.
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, published its latest “Guide for the EMC Directive.”1 Updated to reflect the 2014 recast of the Directive, the Guide discusses various issues, not least what constitutes “inherently benign equipment” and “custom built evaluation kits.” This article reviews the content of the new Guide, highlighting key changes from the previous edition of the Guide published in 2010.
Recast versions of the EU’s EMC and Low Voltage Directives are now in effect while the entirely new Radio Equipment Directive can also apply (it is being phased in). This article considers the requirements of each of the Directives, discussing similarities and differences between the laws.