Five years after the introduction of RoHS, a new European
Union RoHS Directive (known as RoHS2) was adopted by the
European Council on 27 May 2011. The new Member State
RoHS2 Regulations will take effect 18 months after its
adoption. However, many companies are not aware of the
new RoHS2 scope, the obligations of distributors and the
associated sample testing requirements.
original RoHS is an EU Directive (2002/95/EC) pertaining
to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (EEE). It was adopted by the
EU in February 2003 and brought into force 1st of July
directive was brought into force in order to limit the
component concentration of six hazardous substances found
in EEE as they are harmful to the environment, mainly
through the pollution of landfills.
RoHS Directive covers a wide range of products, including
not only integrated electrical and electronic products
but also individual parts, raw materials and packing cases.
directive is very closely related to the WEEE directive,
Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/96/EC)
except RoHS regulates hazardous substances in EEE while
WEEE regulates the disposal of the same equipment.
is an updated / recast version of RoHS. There are no additions
to or difference in the six restricted substances, as
can be viewed in table below. However, there is a proposed
inclusion of Category 8 (medical devices from 2014) and
Category 9 (control and monitoring instruments from 2014)
and also a new Category 11, which captures all other ˇĄgrey
areaˇ¦ electrical equipment(from 2019), and encorporates
new CE Marking requirements. The date of this proposed
inclusion is 2012 or later.
does not require any specific product labeling, however
many manufacturers have adopted their own compliance marks.
Examples of the visual indicators in use today include
explicit "RoHS compliant" labels, green leaves,
check marks, and "PB-Free" markings. Chinese
RoHS labels use a lower case "e" within a circle
with arrows, which can also designate compliance.