Protecting the Health of the Planet and Mankind
Restriction on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (Directive 2002/95/EC).
The main objective of the EU RoHS Directive is to restrict the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment to protect human health and the environment. The directive applies to all equipment operating up to 1000 VAC and 1500 VDC and contained in a list of 10 categories, including electric bulbs, household luminaries, and medical devices and control and monitoring equipment.
Since February 2003, the RoHS Directive has restricted the use of hazardous substances in all electrical and electronic equipment, including medical devices and control and monitoring equipment. The directive also requires the substitution of safe alternatives to heavy metals.
The EU RoHS Directive restricts the use of the following hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
• Lead (Pb)
• Mercury (Hg)
• Cadmium (Cd)
• Chromium VI (Cr VI)
• Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
• Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
• Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)*
• Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)*
• Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)*
• Dibutylphthalate (DBP)*
Newly proposed substances that are subject to further discussion in the EU Parliament before being finally included.
The allowable limits are 0.1% (1000 ppm). For cadmium, the allowable limit is 0.01% (100ppm) by weight of homogeneous material.
• Electrical and electronic equipment
• Large household appliances
• Small household appliances
• IT and telecommunications equipment
• Consumer equipment
• Lighting equipment
• Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
• Toys, leisure and sports equipment
• Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)
• Monitoring and control instruments
• Automatic dispensers