RoHS 5 and RoHS 6 and What Products are affected?


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Answer: Directive 2002/95/EC

The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment." And it applies to the following substances:

1. Lead

2. Mercury

3. Cadmium

4. Hexavalent Chromium

5. PBB


In order to comply with the EU ROHS legislation all of these substances must either be removed, or must be reduced to within maximum permitted concentrations, in any products containing electrical or electronic components that will be sold within the European Union.

Q: What products are affected?

A: All electrical and electronic products are affected.

Q: What is the difference between lead-free and RoHS compliant?

A: While lead (Pb) is the most widely used toxic substance in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the term "lead-free" is often wrongly adopted to refer to all of the substances specified in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. However, RoHS restricts a total of six substances. To be truly compliant with this legislation, the presence of each of these substances must be reduced below their proposed maximum concentration values (MCV), or an applicable exemption taken. "RoHS-5" - refers to compliance on all RoHS restricted substances aside from lead (Pb) in solders. "RoHS-6" = RoHS-5 + Pb-free (removal of Pb from solder)

Q: What are the benefits of the RoHS Directive?

A: The extraction of these raw materials and their eventual disposal can cause damage to both the environment in terms of pollution, as well as to human health from occupational exposure and exposure following disposal. The removal of these materials from production will reduce the health risks of exposure.



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