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About RoHS

RoHS: Restriction of Hazardous Substance

Equipment category

Large household appliances Lighting equipment
Small household appliances Electrical and electronic tools
IT and telecommunication equipment Toys, leisure and sport equipment
Consumer equipment Automatic dispensers

The use of the following substances is restricted or its application prohibited
Substance Application
Lead(Pb) Solder, power cords, wired, plastics, component finish
Mercury (Hg) Switch, LCD monitor, relays, bulbs
Cadmium (Cd) Power cords, wires, contact points
Hexavalent chromium (CrVI) Surface treatment of enclosures
Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) Plastics, printed circuit boards
Polybrominated Diphenyl ether (PBDE) Plastics, rubber, printed circuit boards

The RoHS Directive stands for "the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment". This Directive will ban the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants from 1 July 2006.

Manufacturers will need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that their products,and their components, comply.

RoHS coming into force
The RoHS Directive and the UK RoHS regulations come into force on 1 July 2006. The RoHS Directive is an Article 95 single market directive and we are not aware of any communications or plans at the pan European level to postpone the coming into force date.