On 5 June 2018, the European Commission has released the RED guide to help with the common application of the Directive. The guide, like Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), has no weight in law but deals with many practical issues that are of interest to manufacturers and stakeholders. A separate note was released on “Non-radio electrical products functioning with radio equipment” and “Radio or electrical equipment with non-electrical products” in relation to the Electromagnetic Compatibility and Low Voltage.
On 16 May 2018, the European Commission provided the draft minutes of three Consultation Forum meetings (lighting, washing machines, dishwashers) held in December 2017. Among the relevant abstracts are enclosed: General and the discussion on material efficiency. Of note too is the updated FAQ on professional refrigeration.
In many countries, questions are asked about the auditors authorised by the Regulation 517/2014 on the emissions of Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases, as well as about the obligations, thresholds, timing, etc. The obligations include reporting above certain thresholds (Importers of substances as well as equipment), Declaration of Conformity (since 01/01/2018) for pre-charged equipment, and quotas above a CO2eq threshold and for imports under certain conditions.
The Electric Magnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU (EMCD) replaces the previous EMCD 2004/108 EC and has been applicable since 20 April 2016. The European Commission has now published its updated guides. The guidelines consider the impact of the new Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) that entered into force on 13 June 2017, for which a separate guide exists.
On 6 March 2018, the third F-Gas Consultation Forum took place. The European Commission presentation highlighted that the price increases of F-Gases are well within range. The commitment to the phase-down was confirmed.
On 30 March 2019, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union and then become a 'third country'. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, the European Union rules no longer apply to the United Kingdom. This will impact importers, authorised representatives and conformity assessment procedures.
The Commission has just published its draft FAQ that provides for a legally non-binding interpretation of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulation regarding the Ecodesign requirements for professional refrigerated storage cabinets, blast cabinets, condensing units and process chillers.
As of 15 August 2018, the scope of the WEEE Directive 2012/19 will be extended to ‘all’ Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE). The list of EEE subject to the scope has been extended. The past five years have seen discussions on its interpretation. For many Member States, the interpretations will be similar, also regarding large-scale industrial tools and large-scale fixed installations.
This Guide appears one year after the publication of the Commission Notice updating the “Blue Guide” on the implementation of EU product rules. On 457 pages, this Guide provides explanations of the concepts and requirements of the Machinery Directive to ensure uniform interpretation and application in the EU. At present, the new guide is available in English only. Translation into the other EU languages is expected.