"Federal RoHS Legislation Is Imperative", Warns Newark InOne, As EU Law Takes Hold


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On the heels of the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive which took effect July 1, Newark InOne, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc and the leading small-quantity distributor of RoHS compliant electronic components, information and services in the Americas, has issued a warning about the need for a comparable US law. The complete text can be viewed at www.newarkinone.com/fedlaw<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

With no national RoHS-style legislation yet proposed, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />California has enacted its own RoHS rule, SB20/SB50, which takes effect January 1. While not as comprehensive as the EU's RoHS, its scope is expected to expand. State rules aimed at restricting mercury have been enacted in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Paul Tallentire, president, Newark InOne warns that this sets a dangerous precedent. "Increasing and varying state-by-state rules are already causing unnecessary complexity for electronic manufacturers and distributors who must try to track and meet them all. Are we going to wait until we have 50 state laws with 50 flavors, before we enact a uniform national standard for our industry?"

Tallentire cites global competition as another imperative. "Both China and South Korea have already proposed RoHS-style regulations to ensure that their own manufacturers can continue to export electronic goods to the EU and the rest of the world. Are the stakes any less for US manufacturers?"  

Newark InOne is conducting a poll on this issue at www.newarkinone.com/rohs, and will make the results available in November. This site also provides critical information to help companies transition to RoHS compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

About Newark InOne

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark InOne provides design engineers and component buyers  a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials conversions, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark InOne through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at www.newarkinone.com

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