RoHS-International, a company that helps manufacturers cope with environmental regulations in the electronics industry, has released Simplified REACH Guidance Notes for Product Exporters. The 29-page guidance notes are available for download at the REACH site at RoHS International for $140.
The guidance notes were developed to contain key information and easy-to-follow action items that detail immediate steps manufacturers can take to comply with the European Union’s REACH regulations. “The simple, straight-forward guidance notes produced by RoHS International provide assistance to product manufacturers in obtaining a basic understanding of the regulations and how to prepare,” says Gary Nevison, legislation and environmental affairs manager for electronics component supplier, Farnell. “Condensing the relevant parts of the legislation into 29 pages is quite a feat.”
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