RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) adopted by the European Union in July 2006, restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Polybrominated Biphenyls
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether
The restricted materials are hazardous to the environment and pollute landfills, and are dangerous in terms of occupational exposure during manufacturing and recycling.
EU DIRECTIVE (2002/95/EC) & EU DIRECTIVE (2008/98/EC)
This is the original RoHS. This regulation 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 2006.
EU DIRECTIVE (2011/65/EU)
RoHS2 is an updated / revised version of the RoHS ‘1’. There are no additions to or difference in the six restricted substances although the amounts of the allowed ppm for some substance are reduced.