The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive requires suppliers of electronic equipment to guarantee that the entire unit is free of:
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)
Therefore, materials testing of electronic components is required to ensure compliance.
The RoHS 2 Directive took effect January 2, 2013. This “RoHS-recast” was done primarily to provide greater clarity in definitions and rules. The regulations are basically unchanged from the original RoHS, except that its requirements are gradually extended to include all electrical and electronic equipment, including cables and spare parts medical devices, industrial instruments, and monitoring and control instruments by July 2019. It also includes a “methodology for the assessment of new hazardous substances” to meet waste-related criteria.
RoHS 2 requirements will extend to the new product categories on the following dates:
- July 22, 2014: Extension to category 8 (medical devices) and category 9 (monitoring and control instruments)
- July 22, 2016: Extension to category 8 (In vitro diagnostic medical devices)
- July 22, 2017: Extension to category 9 (industrial monitoring and control instruments)
- July 23, 2019: Extension to all EEE except those explicitly excluded
Download a complimentary RoHS white paper, A Rose is a Ross, for more information about RoHS is and what it means to you.
The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive covers equipment that depends on electrical current or electromagnetic fields in household appliances, computers, light bulbs, phones, and many other similar products. Like RoHS, its goal is to reduce introduction of hazardous materials into the environment during recycling or disposal.
Contact NSL for a consultation, your partner for RoHS and WEEE compliance.