The UK Government has published The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012, which enacts EU Directive 2011/65/EU.
Directive 2011/65/EU lists (in Annex II) the substances which are now not allowed in electrical and electronic equipment, namely:
Lead (0.1 %)
Mercury (0.1 %)
Cadmium (0.01 %)
Hexavalent chromium (0.1 %)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1 %)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1 %)
The new UK regulations come into force on 2 January 2013. Although enforcement is covered in the regulations, no reference is made at all to any measurement and testing procedures which may be needed to enforce the regulations.
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