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RoHS Explained

The RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive 2002/95/EC came into force on 1st July 2006 and restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment within the European Market. Although it is also widely referred to as the 'Lead Free Directive', Anglia will only qualify product as being compliant to the RoHS Directive since lead is just one of the six restricted substances listed below:

 Hazardous Substance  Allowed PPM Level
 Cadmium (Cd)  100ppm (0.01%)
 Lead (Pb)  1000ppm (0.1%)
 Mercury (Hg)  1000ppm (0.1%)
 Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI)  1000ppm (0.1%)
 Polybrominated Biphenyl's (PBB's)  1000ppm (0.1%)
 Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE's)  1000ppm (0.1%)

From 1st July 2006 any new electronic or electrical equipment sold in the EC must not contain these hazardous substances in excess of the permitted levels indicated above. However, the directive does allow provision for some specific exclusions such as lead in glass and ceramics etc. Equipment used for military and medical purposes, together with monitoring and control instrumentation, are also exempt.

The RoHS Directive was recast on the 8th June 2011 and became Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament.

Four new substances (HBCDD, DEHP, BBP and DBP) will be reviewed within three years for possible addition to the banned substances list.

RoHS Category II was introduced to cover Equipment not covered in the original Directive. New exemptions were added in Annex IV (cat 8/9) and self certification added for conformity assessment (CE marking for finished products).

To qualify non-compliant product Anglia's procedures include:
A strict FIFO system.
Avoid changing the part number except in circumstances dictated by the original manufacturer.
Automatically substituting compliant product when the non-compliant product is exhausted, provided form, fit or function are not adversely affected.

Anglia is fully committed to the aims and requirements of the RoHS Directive and will be able to confirm the status of individual part numbers and predict compliance dates, provided the relevant information is available from the manufacturer.

For specific enquiries, please contact RoHS@anglia.com