RoHS is an acronym that stands for ‘Restriction of Hazardous Substances’ and is also referred to as ‘Directive 2002/95/EC’.
It is a European Union directive that restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products (EEE) and came into effect on 1st July 2006. There are currently 10 substances banned under RoHS (RoHS 3); lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP). Due to the language within the regulation, many companies outside the electronics industry think they’re out of scope - this is not the case. The RoHS regulation covers products, and is not unique to one industry.
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