Monday, 21 October 2013

The 15th Annual ERA Conference

The ERA 15th Annual Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) and the Environment Conference is to take place on 13-14 November 2013, at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport.

The conference will bring together important public policy figures, technical experts and compliance professionals to give a unique and comprehensive perspective on the recent and future developments for environmental regulatory compliance.

The following major areas will be covered:

Conflict minerals/responsible sourcing – With the US Dodd-Frank Act deadline in May 2014 nearing and the EU considering its policy options concerning conflict minerals, this area will take centre stage. Signe Ratso, the European Commission Directorate General for Trade, will be the key note speaker on this matter.

Substances and obsolescence (RoHS2, REACH and global developments) - Iain Nicol at UK government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), will discuss the key changes brought in by RoHS2 and explore the areas of uncertainty. There will also be speakers discussing the legislation in China, the problem of obsolescence and substitutions and also the sustainable management of chemicals.

End-of-life and material recovery (WEEE, batteries) -  Speakers will explain the current status of the new WEEE2 Directive due in 2014 and how this directive will likely change recycling and enforcement in practice.

Lifecycle (ecodesign and sustainability) -  Adam Romanowski of the European Commission’s DG-Energy will be discuss the current state of play regarding the EU Ecodesign Directive.

Compliance and Enforcement - Phil Earl, head of the UK BIS’ Product Regulation Team will look at potential changes and implications of the proposed Product Safety and Market Surveillance Package (PSMSP).

To read the article in full, please visit the Electronics Technology Network website or follow this link to view the conference programme.

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