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European Environmental Directives and Regulations

Monday June 11, 2012
The attached report provides an overview of The European System for Environmental Protection and details 5 European Directives and Regulations, End of Life Vehicles (ELV); Restriction of Hazardous Substances, (RoHS); Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE); Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH); and Packaging and Packaging Waste. Additional relevant material regarding European Union requirements on wood packing materials is provided as part of the Packaging and Packaging Waste report.

The impact of some of these directives has already reached our shores and companies, with End of Life Vehicles and RoHS already affecting the materials permitted and specified for use, and causing confused customers to turn to us, their suppliers, for clarity on these Directives. Leaded free-machining materials are still acceptable, though the details vary by Directive and end use. This is documented for each of the directives discussed and analyzed here.

The materials provided here are the results of lengthy research and technical analysis. They are not, and should not be considered legal advice. We have reviewed the technical requirements, and after careful analysis, have provided responses to potential customer questions on each of these Directives.

We are confident that the attached material will help you understand and successfully manage the growing number of environmental questions that we currently face coming out of the European Market. Please forward any comments, concerns, or new developments in this area to Miles Free, PMPA’s Director of Technology Services, mfree@pmpa.org.

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