Restriction of Hazardous Substances
In response to growing environmental concerns the EU launched Directive 2002/95/EC restricting the following substances:
- Lead (Pb): 0.1% by weight*
- Mercury (Hg): 0.1% by weight*
- Cadmium (Cd): 0.01% by weight*
- Hexavalent Chromium (Cr VI): 0.1% by weight*
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): 0.1% by weight*
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): 0.1% by weight*
The legislation was primarily aimed at the consumer electronics industry and has been gradually updated to cover more industries as previously granted exemptions ran out.
The latest update (Directive 2015/863) was published in 2011 and is commonly referred to as RoHS 3. This directive came in to force on July 22nd 2019 and adds four additional restricted substances (phthalates) to the list of 6:
- Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): 0.1% by weight*
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): 0.1% by weight*
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): 0.1% by weight*
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): 0.1% by weight*
* The maximum limits apply to each homogeneous material in each item, not the total weight of the item. This means any single substance that can be separated mechanically - for example, the sheath on a cable or the tinning on a component lead.
It important to note is that it is necessary to include RoHS compliance in the declaration of conformity for a product when placing it on the market. Additionally Batteries are not within the scope of the directive, and neither is equipment to support R&D activities.
Datalink has established systems to ensure we can demonstrate compliance to match the latest RoHS Directive and process customer orders according to requirements.