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  1. The European Parliament completed its first reading of the draft of RoHS II in November 2010. Items that were previously in question have now been clarified and RoHS II is on its way to becoming a CE Mark directive. No new restricted substances have been introduced and the publication of the directive is expected in the first quarter of this year. What it does, however, is to introduce a simplified mechanism for the review and amendment of the restricted substances list in the future. Substances highlighted for future review include: hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP) and nanomaterials. RoHS II is set to become a CE Mark directive, which means that CE marking will be affixed to all finished products, as per Module A of Annex II of 768/2008/CE. With CE marking, the responsibility is now to be shared between manufacturers and importers and distributors. CE declaration remains the manufacturer’s obligation, while the release of compliant products onto the EU market becomes the responsibility of importers and distributors. (Source: RoHS II) Independent third-party testing organizations, such as SGS, can help ensure compliance with RoHS II and provide compliance assessment, which is essential for the preparation of the CE declaration of conformity. Any experiences with RoHS testing and certification? Tell me about your opinion and your experience you've already made

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