|Title||Businesses respond to Brazil’s request for EU RoHS experience|
|Date||2018-05-17 PM 3:35:16||Hit||7|
A large majority of companies surveyed by the Brazilian environment ministry said they encountered "initial difficulties" when complying with the EU's Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Brazil is in the process of developing a RoHS-like regulation, as well as an industrial chemicals policy.
The ministry sent out a questionnaire to a number of unidentified companies that manufacture EEE last December. This was to gather feedback on whether they are required to comply with the EU's RoHS Directive and their experience of doing so.
The ministry received 78 contributions. Seventy-seven percent said they comply with the EU's Directive, of which 88% said they had encountered initial difficulties in doing so. Reasons given include:
≫poor supplier knowledge and communication;
≫lack of available testing laboratories.
When asked what timeframe is acceptable for conforming to RoHS, five years was the most popular answer (15 of 44 responses). Next was two years (six), followed by one year (five). The potential timeframes suggested ranged from six months to ten years.
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