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The European RoHS2 Directive 2011/65/EU will be implemented from 1 January 2013.

It has been confirmed by the European Commission that most machine tools remain outside the scope of the directive as they are classed as large-scale stationary industrial tools (LSSIT).  A lower size/weight limit has not been defined although “bench-top” tools are not generally regarded as LSSIT and may be considered within RoHS 2 scope in some EU member states.

Following public consultation the revised frequently asked questions (FAQ) guidance document on the directive has now been published by the EC and can be accessed via the following link:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/events_rohs3_en.htm