Agreement among EU Member states intended to reduce unsafe chemicals in the environment. Over the years, other global agencies have signed on – Japan RoHS, US RoHS, China RoHS, etc. Highly associated with WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive
Limits certain chemicals in electronic products. Mostly perceived as a “Lead (Pb) free solder” directive, but also includes other heavy metals (Cd, Hg, Cr (Hexavalent)) and flame retardants (Bromines)). RoHS is a self-directed, self-test directive. No third-party testing is required, all signees self-certify. RoHS exempts certain High-reliability required products in the auto and medical markets. Auto electronics are certified via QS9000/9001 standards. RoHS directive is somewhat wanting in clarity.
Clarifies Regulations. Brings RoHS requirements under CE Mark, which is similar to U.L. Listing. Eliminated certain medical exemptions.
Includes orthophthalates. Affects all kinds of electrical and electronic products including adhesives, wire/cable insulation and securing materials. Key addition is orthophthalates; regulates 4 chemicals, DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP
Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI)<1000
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB):<1000
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE):<1000
Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP):<1000
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP):<1000
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP):<1000
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP):<1000
(all values above are Parts per Million (ppm), which is equal to mg/kg)
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