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RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Print

ROHS is an acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances and is often used when refering to the EU Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and Council January 27, 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.


When will the the directive be in effect and enforced?

As of July 1, 2006 all electronic and electrical products put on the European market must comply with EU Directive 2002/95/EC. There are no exceptions for pre-existing inventory which means that manufacturers products must be compliant before the July 1, 2006 cut off date.


Which hazardous substances are restricted?
Lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls(PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers(PBDE) Article 4.1 Prevention


What are the Maximum Concentration Values (MCV)?

Lead - Pb
Mercury - Hg
Cadmium - Cd
Hexavalent Chromium - Cr(V1)
Polybrominated Biphenyls - PBB
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers - PBDE
 0.1% Max Concentration
 0.1% Max Concentration
 0.01% Max Concentration
 0.1% Max Concentration
 0.1% Max Concentration
 0.1% Max Concentration


What is an example of a homogeneous material?
A homogeneous material is a single substance such as PVC (Polyvinylchloride) which is commonly used in wire and cable products as insulation and jacket material.


What type of cable products are affected?
Any Electrical or Electronic cable with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000AC or 1500DC which will be put on the European market (member states of the EU) either as a stand alone product or as a component of another product.


Are there any exemptions?
Yes.
- Wire and cable with a voltage rating over 1000AC or 1500DC
- Large scale stationary industrial tools. A machine or system, consisting of a combination of equipment, systems or products, each of which is manufactured and intended to be used only in fixed industrial applications
- Spare parts for the repair or for the reuse of electrical or electronic equipment put on the market before 1 July 2006. Per Article 2.3 Scope
- Lead, when used as an alloying element, in steel up to .35% lead by weight, aluminum up to .40% and in copper up to 4% by weight

Is there a mark or approval process required for RoHS compliance?
No. By placing products on the European market after July 1, 2006 producers are declaring the product to be compliant with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC. Therefore it is a "self declaration" by the producer.

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