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Fewer risks from hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

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The ban on heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals in electrical and electronic equipment has now been extended to a much wider range of products, with new rules entering into force on 21 July 2011.

The new law will improve the safety of electronic products such as thermostats, medical devices and control panels, and will prevent the release of hazardous substances into the environment.

Member States have 18 months to transpose the new rules.

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