The Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment 2002/95/EC, commonly referred to as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. The RoHS directive took effect on July 1st, 2006, and is required to be enforced and become law in each member state.
The RoHS Regulations place the following requirements upon producers
• Products placed on the market must not contain the hazardous substances above the maximum concentration values
• Producers must prepare documentation to show that their products are compliant before placing them on the market
• If requested, the above documentation must be provided to the RoHS Enforcement Authority within 28 days of the request
• The documentation must continue to be maintained for 4 years after the producer stops placing the product on the market.
RoHS restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacturing of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
The names of the 6 restricted hazardous substances and the respective maximum concentration values are:
|Substance||Maximum Concentration Values|
|Hexavalent Chromium Cr(VI)||0.1%||1000ppm|
|Ploybrominated Dipheny Enthers(PBDEs)||0.1%||1000ppm|
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