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Time is running out for Ecodesign compliance

Nov 07, 2023

Motors and drives placed on the market before the regulatory changes on July 1 2021 and 2023 will be exempt from the new rules. In this context, only manufacturers and importers can ‘place an item on the market’. If a manufacturer or importer sells it for the first time to a distributor or end-user before those July deadlines, it is considered to be placed on the market. It can then be sold to another distributor, or from a distributor to an end-user, even if it does not comply with the new standards. There is no grace period for equipment brought from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and placed on the market after July 1 2021. Furthermore, allowing for transportation and customs delays, manufacturers in the US and China intending to place products on the market after July 1 2021 should be using compliant components well ahead of that date.

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