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Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

 

 

Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in EEE ("RoHS") Directive 2002/95/EC

 

Based on

  • Art. 95 (i.e. EU Treaty basis for harmonisation of laws across Member States)
  • Focuses upon Substance 'Substitution' (i.e. phase out and replacement by more environmentally friendly alternatives)

For 'producers' (i.e. manufacturers, companies selling bought in products under there own brand name & importers):

  • Substance 'substitutions' (i.e. phase outs) affecting:
    • lead
    • mercury
    • cadmium
    • hexavalent chromium
    • 2 brominated flame retardants (PBB and PBDE). Deca BDE is under assessment

  • Substances to be phased out of products by 1st July 2006

  • Applies to following categories
    • 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
    • Automatic dispensers

  • Exemptions permitted are:
    • Mercury in compact fluorescent lamps not exceeding 5 mg per lamp.
    • Mercury in straight fluorescent lamps for general purposes not exceeding.
      • halophosphate 10 mg
      • triphosphate with normal lifetime 5 mg
      • triphosphate with long lifetime 8 mg
    • Mercury in straight fluorescent lamps for special purposes. (Under assessment)
    • Mercury in other lamps not specifically mentioned in this Annex.
    • Lead in glass of cathode ray tubes, electronic components and fluorescent tubes.
    • Lead as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0,35% lead by weight, aluminium containing up to 0,4% lead by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight.
    • Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. tin-lead solder alloys containing more than 85% lead),
    • Lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems (exemption granted until 2010. but under assessment),
    • Lead in solders for network infrastructure equipment for switching, signalling, transmission as well as network management for telecommunication, (Under assessment)
    • Lead in electronic ceramic parts (e.g. piezoelectronic devices).
    • Cadmium plating except for applications banned under Directive 91/338/EEC 1 amending Directive 76/769/EEC relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations
    • Hexavalent chromium as an anti-corrosion of the carbon steel cooling system in absorption refrigerators.

 

Text of the RoHS Directive

Fact Sheet on Producer Responsibility

Fact Sheet on Land Fill Directive

Fact Sheet on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Fact Sheet on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Fact Sheet on the Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in EEE Directive

Fact Sheet on End-of-life Vehicles

Fact Sheet on End-of-life Vehicles Directive

Fact Sheet on Packaging

Arsenic

Bismuth

Cadmium

Chromium 6

Copper

Lead

Mercury

Zinc

 

 

 

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