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Office for Product Safety & Standards

Locations: Europe - United Kingdom
 
2021-07-08
Location: UK
Description:

E-Alert to subscribers of the RoHS topic.

As per Schedule A1 of SI 2020 No. 1647, the restriction of Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) does not apply to —

(a) medical devices, including in vitro medical devices;
(b) monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments;
(c) cables or spare parts for the repair, the reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE placed on the market before 22nd July 2019.

Businesses placing EEE on the EU or NI markets are reminded that under EU Directive 2015/863 (Article 7) this exclusion is due to expire on 22nd July 2021.

For EEE placed on the GB market, this exclusion does not expire until determined by the Secretary of State. As such, Defra intend to publish a consultation on this change in the near future.

At present, there is no definitive date set.

2021-03-11
Location: UK
Description:

Email alert for energy label subscribers

Certain energy labels changed on 1 March 2021. The success of energy labelling has meant that manufacturers have continued to innovate and develop more energy efficient products. The refresh introduces a simpler scaling system that is based upon A to G, the scale also takes into account potential greater energy efficiencies still to be realised. The changes will support consumers in making informed decisions based upon energy consumption.

To support these changes there are new requirements on dealers when it comes to displaying the new rescaled energy labels, and these labels must include a QR code. This will apply across the UK. The products affected by these changes are:

  • TVs and electronic displays
  • Dishwashers
  • Washer-dryers
  • Washing machines
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Wine storage refrigerators

Dealers will have until 18 March 2021 to replace old labels on display with rescaled labels for these products.

Guidance to support these changes at the following links:

Office for Product Safety and Standards - Guidance for suppliers and dealers.


Label 2020 - The Label 2020 project is organised to help smooth the market transition towards the new energy labels. The Label 2020 project started in June 2019 and will last until January 2023. The website provides specific, relevant information for suppliers and dealers.


Energy Saving Trust - Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation working to address the climate emergency. A respected and trusted voice on energy efficiency and clean energy solutions, they continue to work towards a smart, decarbonised, decentralised energy system.


Simple Energy Advice - The Simple Energy Advice website has advice on ways to save energy ranging from how you heat your home to how to use products efficiently.

2021-03-01
Location: UK
Description:

A new RoHS project (Pack 24) for the assessment of seven exemptions requests listed in Annex III and Annex IV of Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2 Directive) has started. The study shall cover exemptions 18(b), 18(b)-I, 24, 29, 32 and 34 of Annex III and exemption 34 of Annex IV.

Annex III, 18(b)
Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1% lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps when used as sun tanning lamps containing phosphors such as BSP.

Annex III, 18(b)-I
Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1% lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps containing phosphors such as BSP when used in medical phototherapy equipment.​

Annex III, 24
Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors

Annex III, 29
Lead bound in crystal glass as defined in Annex I (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Council Directive 69/493/EEC.

Annex III, 32
Lead oxide in seal frit used for making window assemblies for Argon and Krypton laser tubes.

Annex III, 34
Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements

Annex IV, 34
Lead as an activator in the fluorescent powder of discharge lamps when used for extracorporeal photopheresis lamps containing BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb) phosphors.

Assignment of project tasks to Oeko-Institut started on December 17, 2020 and will run over a period of 10 months, thus ending October 16, 2021. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission in the end of May 2021. The final report is due at the end of the project.

A stakeholder consultation is planned to be lanuched towards end of March 2021

2021-02-27
Location: UK
Description:

E-Alert relating to Legislation number: 2020 No.1647 - The Hazardous Substances and Packaging (Legislative Functions and Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 SCHEDULE A1:

The concentration value of Cadmium, currently given as 0.1% instead of 0.01% in Schedule A1 of SI 2020 No.1647, is a typographical error.

A formal amendment to correct the error will be implemented shortly.

You should, therefore, continue to work to the 0.01% threshold for Cadmium under the RoHS Regulations.

2021-02-18
Location: UK
Description:

The government have now published guidance on how to apply for exemptions under RoHS for goods placed on the GB market, as found below:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/restriction-of-hazardous-substances-rohs-exemptions-how-to-apply

The form required to apply for an exemption can be downloaded here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/restriction-of-hazardous-substances-rohs-exemption-form

Northern Ireland, however, continues to follow the EU exemptions system, as detailed in here: Guidance about the EU exemptions system, including how to apply.

2021-02-12
Location: UK
Description:

The UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.

The UKCA marking alone cannot be used for goods placed on the Northern Ireland market, which require the CE marking or UKNI marking. See the guidance on placing goods on the Northern Ireland market.

This guidance explains how to use the UKCA marking. For further information on placing these goods on the market, see the guidance on placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain.

2021-02-03
Location: UK
Description:

A new RoHS project (Pack 22) for the assessment of sixteen requests for nine exemptions listed in Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU has started. The study shall cover exemptions 6(a)/6(a)-I, 6(b)/6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, 6(c), 7(a), 7(c)-I and 7(c)-II of Annex III.

A stakeholder consultation is planned and is expected to be launched before the end of the year.

For more details, please see the Technical specifications and the Project Description.

Stakeholders that have registered will be informed about the consultation. Stakeholders can register under Registration in order to regularly receive information on project progress and in order to be involved in the evaluation.

2021-01-25
Location: UK
Description:

Dear Stakeholders

Following the advanced notification of the webinars to cover amendments to the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations (HNMBR), OPSS is pleased to confirm the dates and issue invitation links below for the following webinars:

9 February 2021 (14:00 – 15:00) – HNMBR amendments Overview.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hnmbr-amendments-overview-webinar-tickets-137405759325

11 February 2021 (14:00 – 15:00) – HNMBR amendments Notifications.

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hnmbr-amendments-notifications-webinar-tickets-137410728187

16 February 2021 (14:00 – 15:30) – HNMBR amendments Building classes and metering. Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hnmbr-amendments-building-classes-and-metering-webinar-tickets-137411243729

18 February 2021 (14:00 – 16:00) – HNMBR amendments Cost-effectiveness tool.Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hnmbr-amendments-cost-effective-tool-webinar-tickets-137411584749

We have 200 places for each webinar and urge heat suppliers to register at earliest opportunity. If there is a demand, we will hold further webinars.

Government and industry have been working closely together to develop an industry-led framework to respond to heat networks that might be facing challenges beyond their control. The new Heat Network Exchange was launched last year as a central hub to support the sector during the pandemic and beyond.

Kind regards

OPSS Heat Networks team

2021-01-01
Location: Northern Ireland
Description:

The UKNI marking is a new conformity marking for products placed on the market in Northern Ireland which have undergone mandatory third-party conformity assessment by a body based in the UK. This guidance explains how to use the UKNI marking (sometimes referred to as the UK(NI) mark or the UK(NI) indication).

For further information on the general arrangements for placing goods on the Northern Ireland market, see the guidance on placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland.

For further information on general requirements across the UK, see marking,

The UKNI marking is not recognised on the EU market. If you are placing goods on the EU market, you must use the CE marking on its own, without the UKNI marking.

To find out how to place a CE marking on your product, see Using the CE marking.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-ukni-marking

2020-12-17
Location: UK
Description:

This is advanced notification of a series of webinars to cover amendments to Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations that came into force on 27 November 2020.

The sessions are tentatively planned as below:

9 February 2021 (afternoon) – HNMBR amendments Overview

11 February 2021 (afternoon) – HNMBR amendments Notifications

16 February 2021 (afternoon) – HNMBR amendments Building classes and metering

18 February 2021 (afternoon) – HNMBR amendments Cost-effectiveness tool

If you are interested in attending the webinars, please reserve the date(s). There is no need to contact OPSS at this point: we will send a follow-up email in early January with webinar titles, descriptions and exact times, and links to reserve your place.

Kind regards

OPSS Heat Networks Team

2020-12-16
Description:

A new RoHS project (Pack 22) for the assessment of sixteen requests for nine exemptions listed in Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU has started. The study shall cover exemptions 6(a)/6(a)-I, 6(b)/6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, 6(c), 7(a), 7(c)-I and 7(c)-II of Annex III.

A stakeholder consultation is planned and is expected to be launched before the end of the year.

For more details, please see the Technical specifications and the Project Description.

2020-12-05
Location: UK
Description:

This week marks one month to go until the end of the transition period after the UK left the EU. That means you have just a few weeks left to make yourself aware of the new rules that will apply to buying and selling timber and timber products from 1 January 2021. 

To find out what necessary preparations you need to make for your business to continue trading, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

You can also find more information on the timber trading page and the Office for Product Safety and Standards website.

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