RoHS Restricted Substances List And Categories

 

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RoHS Directives

RoHS, also known as Lead-Free, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well.

RoHS Compliant for 2017

Any business that sells applicable electrical or electronic products, sub-assemblies or components directly to RoHS countries, or sells to resellers, distributors or integrators that in turn sell products to these countries, is impacted if they utilize any of the restricted materials.

RoHS 3 was announced, which expands the list of prohibited substances from six to ten by adding four new types of phthalates. This directive has already been adopted by the EU legislature, and member states have until December 2016 to inform suppliers how they are required to meet the standards of RoHS 3. Suppliers then have until the 22nd of July 2019 to meet these provisions.

RoHS specifies maximum levels for the following restricted materials:

  • Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
  • Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm

RoHS Impacted & Exempted Categories

The RoHS Directive currently applies to products in Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 as per Schedule 1 of the WEEE Directive. Categories 8 and 9 of the RoHS Directive are currently exempted from compliance.

The following product categories are impacted under the RoHS Directive:

Cat 1. Large household appliances: refrigerators, washers, stoves, air conditioners

Cat 2. Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons

Cat 3. Computing & communications equipment: computers, printers, copiers, phones

Cat 4. Consumer electronics: TVs, DVD players, stereos, video cameras

Cat 5. Lighting: lamps, lighting fixtures, light bulbs

Cat 6. Power tools: drills, saws, nail guns, sprayers, lathes, trimmers, blowers

Cat 7. Toys and sports equipment: videogames, electric trains, treadmills

Cat 10. Automatic dispensers: vending machines, ATM machines

The RoHS Directive currently applies to products in Categories 1 through 7. Categories 8 and 9 are exempted from compliance.

 

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