2011/65/EU RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is an EU Directive limiting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The substances regulated under the RoHS include lead, cadmium, chrome (VI), mercur, PBB and PBDE, an additional in 2019: DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP.
Apart from the substance bans the Directive also includes two exemption lists (Annex III and IV), which allow continued use of the regulated substances under special conditions. These exemptions apply for a period defined in Article 5. The RoHS is implemented in Germany as the “Regulations on restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment” (ElektroStoffVerordnung). In addition, other international “RoHS” legislation applies in China, California, Korea, India and Turkey.
Manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic components and equipment are increasingly faced with different, dynamic requirements concerning banned substances. They must implement various requirements to demonstrate their conformity. Each manufacturer or importer must therefore know precisely which materials are used in their products.
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