On 06, Jun 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt
In cooperation with around fifty actors, the French Agency for Standardisation, AFNOR, developed the first technical standard on Circular Economy project management system – Requirements and Guidelines, XP X30-901.
The voluntary standard XP X30-901 involves a 3 x 7 matrix covering the three dimensions of sustainable development – environment, economy, society – and the seven fields of action of the circular economy: sustainable procurement, eco-design, industrial symbiosis, economy of functionality, responsible consumption, extension of service life, effective management of materials or products at the end of their life.
The standard may also inspire labeling, certification, or any other sign indicating that an organization applies it in all respects. It is intended to become an international standard. The ISO countries have approved the creation of a technical committee on the subject (ISO TC 323) to bring together professionals wishing to develop the international standard.
On 05, Jun 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt
The Swedish Government published its draft 2019 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill Vårändringsbudget 2018/2019. The introduction of the so-called chemical tax on electronics in Sweden in the summer of 2017 came in an effort to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals. The subject bill presented to the parliament on April 10, 2019 proposes a further increase in chemical tax.
A surge of 37,5% is put forth on chemicals in white goods, while consumer electronics-chemical tax is expected to rise to 33%, both values excluding VAT (25%). Moreover, the bill proposes that chemical tax can be reduced by 50% to 90% on products free of bromide, chloride or phosphorus. Interestingly enough, products sold via e-commerce are exempt from the current and newly proposed chemical tax regulation.
Copyright levies may be applicable on used products brought on to the market after repair or refurbishment. In the context of leasing contracts, the question also arises as to whether each new device is subject to levies during the term of the contract. Many suppliers aren’t aware of these particular payment obligations that are not uniform in all EU-countries and are difficult to be justified legally.
As a matter of fact, the obligation is legally controversial: On the one hand, national law doesn’t always regulate the payment obligations for refurbished products, while on the other hand, refurbished products placed on the market have the same functionality as the original products. The buyer may use and reproduce works protected by copyright, so that the right holder receives due compensation.
Accordingly, the competent German authority is currently approaching affected companies directly and claiming levies on used products like, PCs, mobile phones and tablets. When asserting claims in Germany, the suppliers’ contractual situation with the authorities has to be taken into account, as well. Consequently, parties that receive letters from the German collecting society are encouraged to check the claim carefully for applicability.
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On 16, May 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt
German industrial associations and collecting societies have reached an overall agreement to apply copyright levies on various consumer electronic devices. Following years of negotiations, manufacturers, importers and dealers have finally attained clarity as to their obligations and the amount of levies due; charges of up to 12, 00 Euro per product has to be taken into consideration in the context of the financial planning, administrative process and pricing.
In order to compensate for legal copying of copyright-contents such as music, film, photos or texts for private use, copying machines, printers and IT products, in particular, are now subject to levies in Germany. The new agreement covers a broad spectrum of consumer electronics. It includes DVD recorders, MP3 players, TV sets and set-top boxes with fixed memory or recording via USB interface.
The agreement applies retroactively as of January 1. 2008. Companies affected by the regulations may join the overall agreement for the past period until 31 May 2019.
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On 18, Apr 2019 | In News @en | By Lisa Schmidt
1cc GmbH is organizing a webinar subject of the WEEE Open Scope and passive devices of the German ElektroG.
Effective May 1, 2019 the so-called “passive” devices will fall within the scope of the German ElektroG. The webinar will outline the basic requirements.
Among other issues, the webinar will focus on which specific categories electrical and electronic equipment that only carry electricity must be registered in Germany or added to the monthly report in the case of existing registrations.
Date: Monday, May 06, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CEST
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1426745377778561804
PS: Participation in the webinar is free of charge. However, the number of participants per webinar is limited to 20 attendees.
Effective May 1, 2019 the so-called “passive” devices will fall within the scope of the German ElektroG: Electrical and electronic equipment that conduct electricity have to be registered under the following categories as applicable for each device, or added to the monthly reporting for registrations that already exist:
Passive devices include antennas, adapters, jacks, connectors, sockets, wall plugs, ready-made cables, switches, push buttons and electric fuses.
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1cc GmbH is organizing a webinar subject of the Californian legislation, California Proposition 65. The webinar is offered in English.
The California Proposition 65 affects all companies selling products in California. Companies must issue warnings on their products in case they contain a substance listed under this regulation. The webinar will outline the basic requirements. Among other issues, the webinar will focus on identifying/defining the party obligated under the California Proposition 65 and how the warnings are to be designed. The topic of “safe harbor levels” will also be addressed.
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CEST
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8563301519384250891
As our understanding of mobility changes, small electrical and electronic vehicles such as e-scooters and hoverboards are gaining ground. The EU market is a growing business field for producers all over the world.
Considering e-scooters and hoverboards need electricity to function, the question that arises is whether they are subject to requirements under the EU-WEEE-directive 2012/19/EU. The fact that the directive stipulates an exclusion for two-wheel vehicles that are “type approved” complicates the situation even more.
However, regardless of whether the e-scooter or hoverboard are subject to the WEEE obligations in a specific EU country or not, fact remains that their accumulators are within the scope of the EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EU.
At the beginning of 2019, Germany initiated a draft ordinance on the participation of very small electric vehicles in road traffic (eKFV) and that would ultimately permit the licensing of e-scooters with a maximum speed of 12km/h to 20 km/h. However, the draft does not include hoverboards yet; the BMIV is looking into this issue and evaluating their potential licensing.
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Many companies will soon be confronted with two major changes in the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. By July 22, 2019, Annex II of the directive will be broadened to ten substances. The following four phthalates will be added to the list of restricted substances and their use will be restricted to a maximum concentration of 0,1% in homogeneous material: .
This change was implemented by Directive (EU) 2015/863 on June 4, 2015. The amendment, which is often referred to as “RoHS III”, will affect all electrical and electronic equipment. The compliance deadline is set for July 21, 2021 for medical devices and (industrial) monitoring and control instruments, only.
In addition, the so-called open scope will apply as of 22 July 2019. This implies that all electrical and electronic equipment will be covered by the directive’s scope (exclusions remain unchanged).
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Anna Maier joined the 1cc team as a Compliance Specialist in November 2018. Anna recently completed her MBA in Energy and Resource Management with focus on Environmental Economics at the Technical University Freiberg. Her initial academic path as a mechatronic engineer lent her valuable work experience in the mechanical engineering field.
Anna is looking forward to placing her expertise at the disposal of our customers in the fields of waste compliance.