RoHS Directive

RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive is a European Directive 2002/950EC for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. From July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market should not contain Lead, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Camium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, and polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers.

The Directives restricts the following substances to the thresholds listed below:

  • Lead Pb 1000 ppm (0.1%)

  • Mercury Hg 1000 ppm (0.1%)

  • Cadmium (Cd) Cd 100 ppm (0.01%)

  • Hexavalent Chromium CrVI, Cr+6, Cr6+, etc. 1000 ppm (0.1%)

  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB's) 1000 ppm (0.1%)

  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE's) 1000 ppm (0.1%)



Equipment within the scope of WEEE is listed in Annex IA of the WEEE directive:

  1. Large household appliances
  2. Small household appliances
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment
  4. Consumer equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)
  9. Monitoring and control instruments
  10. Automatic dispensers

There are a number of exclusions to the scope listed in guidelines published by the European Commission which include:

  • - Large-scale stationary tools such as a production line
  • - Fixed Installations – such as railway signalling
  • - Something that is part of equipment outside the scope of the WEEE directive such as equipment which is integral to aircraft, trains, boats, etc.
  • - Equipment solely for military and national security purposes
  • - Equipment covered by existing waste directives such as ELV – equipment in cars

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