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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 ten 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 1000ppm (0.1%)
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE's) 1000ppm (0.1%)
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) 1000ppm (0.1%)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) 1000ppm (0.1%)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) 1000ppm (0.1%)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) 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 latest RoHS directive (2015/863) came in to force on 22nd July 2019 and adds 4 new substances (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP)) which are restricted.

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 confirm the status of individual part numbers and predicted compliance dates, provided the relevant information is available from the manufacturer.

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