Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), has had a substantial
and permanent effect on the materials that go into many
of the electronic products we make.
2 (formally known as directive 2011/65/EU), which is the
current version, restricts the amount of six substances
(the first six on the list below) to trace amounts in Electric
and Electronic Equipment (EEE). It replaced the original
RoHS 1 legislature (2002/95/EC), which was released in 2002,
by updating the scope and applicable types of products.
3 was been 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.
restriction of DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall not apply to
cables or spare parts for the repair, the reuse, the updating
of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE placed
on the market before 22 July 2019.
new list is as follows:
RoHS specifies maximum levels for
the following restricted materials:
RoHS Impacted & Exempted Categories
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,
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