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The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS), a directive of the European Union, is the foundation for RoHS compliance at the product level. With some limited exceptions, products that comply with this regulation must not include more lead, mercury, cadmium, toxic metals, brominated flame retardants biphenyls (PBB), or polybrominated ethers than is permitted. Manufacturers, authorized agents, merchants, wholesalers, lights, power tools, toys and sporting goods, automatic dispensers, large and small domestic appliances (refrigerators, etc.), consumer electronics, lighting, and vacuum cleaners are all covered by this regulation.

By managing electronic and electrical waste properly, the RoHS Directive seeks to reduce dangers to both human health and the environment.

It accomplishes this by prohibiting the use of specific dangerous compounds in Electronics that can be replaced with safer substitutes. Heavy metals, flame retardants, and plasticizers are among these compounds that are prohibited.

The Directive encourages the recycling of EEE because less harmful materials are included in EEE and its waste-derived components. It also assures that importers and producers of EEE in the European market are competing on an even playing field.

How do you adhere to RoHS?

To demonstrate compliance with the requirements of RoHS, a special conformity assessment method must be completed before introducing an electronic product to the EU market. Technical documentation and an EU Statement of Compliance are created as part of this assessment process, which also involves product testing at approved test facilities.

The levels of specific limited elements in the homogenous components of each of your products are measured by the lab during testing. A few of the tests performed include:

  • Metal and alloy concentrations can be determined using X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy.
  • Polymers and polymeric mixes can be identified using an FTIR.
  • Leap-free solders can be detected using scanning electron microscopy.
  • Periodically use AAS  to determine the presence of lead and mercury.

You must adhere to the requirements outlined in Annex II of the Directive when developing the technical documentation. Regarding the EU Statement, it must detail how the pertinent RoHS requirements have been met.


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