Paramus, N.J.—In response to two new European Union environmental regulations scheduled to take effect over the next year, Penton Media announced Tuesday that its Electronic Design group has launched the RoHS Resource Center, a microsite at http://www.elecdesign.com/.
Under the EU directive Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS), slated to take effect in July 2006, hundreds of thousands of products currently produced by electronics companies could become obsolete, forcing semiconductor and other electronics manufacturers to redesign some products to remove certain toxic materials.
A second EU directive, known as Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), requires companies that sell electronic products in Europe to set up end-of-life collection and recycling systems for those goods by August of this year.
Penton’s RoHS Resource Center site is intended to provide a reference resource to aid electronics manufacturers, design engineers and suppliers as they try to comply with the new rules. In conjunction with the RoHS Resource Center, Electronic Design is also forming a RoHS Advisory Board.