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ITRC Plans Environmental Compliance Seminar

Manufacturers and exporters who ship to the European Union (EU) need to understand the requirements of the RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive to ensure that their products, and their components, comply. The RoHS Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment that contains more than the agreed levels of contaminants.

recyclingThat’s why the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center (ITRC) is offering a seminar, “Product Environmental Compliance: RoHS, REACH and Other Product Environmental Legislation” on Tuesday, May 10th from 9am to 11:30am at its headquarters at 172 Pembroke Road in Concord. 

According to Dawn Wivell, ITRC’s Director, “In 2010, New Hampshire exports to just seven of the 27 EU countries—Germany, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Italy and Spain—totaled more than $826 million dollars. That’s why it’s so important that New Hampshire businesses who export to the EU have the latest information on product environmental compliance.”

During the seminar, attendees will learn about RoHS and the Recast (recent amendments to RoHS that simplify product scope, but add a more stringent process for demonstrating product compliance); REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) for article manufacturers; and best practices for and lessons learned on product environmental compliance.
 
Speakers for the event will be Krista Crotty of Alberi EcoTech and Marie Degulis of Chemserve Lab. Krista Crotty is the Chief EcoGeek and managing partner of Alberi EcoTech, located in Las Vegas, NV. For more than 10 years, she has assisted companies with product environmental compliance globally by teaching workshops, working with companies and speaking at conferences. Marie Degulis is the Business Relations Manager for Chemserve Lab of Milford, NH, a full-service analytical laboratory serving environmental and consumer product clients. Chemserve utilizes the latest technology and current methods, including XRF (x-ray fluorescence) analysis, for CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), RoHS, REACH and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) compliance efforts.

The cost for the seminar is $40 per person. Register online at http://exportnh.org/calendar/registration.aspx. If you prefer to pay by check, please make the check out to SNHU/IIB and mail to: PO Box 1865, Concord, NH 03301. For questions, contact Ellie White at 603-271-8444 or ellie.white@dred.state.nh.us. The International Trade Resource Center, ITRC is a bureau of the State of New Hampshire’s Division of Economic Development/ Department of Resources and Economic Development.

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