The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive entered into force in 2006 and has since been revised and amended. As for now, RoHS restricts the use of 10 substances in concentrations of 0.1% by weight in any homogenous material used in the manufacture of an article (product). These substances are highly toxic to human health and the environment and must be removed from the supply chain.
When RoHS was first introduced, its scope was limited to typical electronic devices, but it now covers much more. While only electronic and electronic devices (EEE) are legally in scope, many OEMs and importers into the EU have mandated compliance for their supply chains.
- Governing Agency: The European Commission is charged with drafting and maintaining the directive, however each member state in the EU enforces RoHS.
- Goal: To protect consumers from 10 restricted substances by restricting their use by limiting maximum concentration levels in materials of construction.
- Your Responsibility: As a manufacturer or importer of articles into the EU it is your responsibility to ensure that the product complies with the RoHS directive.
- Compliance with the RoHS Directive is indicated with the CE mark. Understanding the full chemical makeup of your product is a mandatory.
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