Mon, May 22, 2006 - Page 12 News List

Labs qualify to test for EU compliance


Twenty-one local laboratories have certified to conduct inspections and test for hazardous substances so electrical and electronic equipment and components can be exported from Taiwan to EU countries, a government official said yesterday.

This move is aimed at helping domestic manufacturers cope with two environmental directives from the EU -- the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directives.

The directives are scheduled to come into force on July 1, the official said.

The directives stipulate that electrical and electronic equipment containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether cannot be exported to EU member states.

According to the official, 35 public and private laboratories took part in the capability test held by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, with 21 laboratories passing the test.

Those laboratories that satisfy the ISO 17025 requirements will be qualified to inspect whether electrical and electronic equipment -- as well as parts and components -- that are bound for the EU contain hazardous substances, at the request of domestic manufacturers, the official said.

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