European Union Considers Passing Stricter Chemicals Law; Major Electronics Manufacturers Worldwide Express Concern
The majority of countries with the largest electronics manufacturers outside of Europe are coming together to amend proposed legislation that could have a big impact on the electronics industry outside of the European Union (EU). The EU is considering passing the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation. This legislation would only allow chemicals that have been shown to be safe, or where the risks have been examined, to be used in equipment made in or imported into Europe. And the law would mandate full responsibility onto the companies that create and use the chemicals to provide the REACH required paperwork, which could be a big added expense to companies, especially electronics companies. The United States, Japan, India, Korean, and nine other countries have voiced their concerns about REACH, and have expressed their interest in working with the EU to make the proposed legislation more feasible for both sides.