04 Dec 2015

Joint Industry Comments on Draft Emirates Control Scheme to Restrict the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electronic and Electrical Devices

Joint Industry Comments on Draft Emirates Control Scheme to Restrict the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electronic and Electrical Devices

INTRODUCTION

The undersigned associations represent companies that design, manufacture and market their products for a single market, in fact, the global marketplace. A worldwide supply chain supports those products.

Ensuring consistent and common regulatory approaches across geographies is therefore of paramount importance to our industry.

Further to the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade notification number G/TBT/N/ARE/265, we would like to offer our comments and recommendations in an effort to align the “Draft Emirates Control Scheme to Restrict the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electronic and Electrical Devices” with global best practices, namely the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and to consider alignment with other EU regulations affecting electrical and electronic products such as the EU Toy Safety Directive. We would also like to stress the importance of a cross-Gulf countries alignment that facilitates international trade and ensures legal consistency within the region (e.g. also regarding the G-mark requirement). This can be done via the Gulf Cooperation Council as for other pieces of legislation.

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