The RoHS Directive, codified as Directive 2011/65/EU and amended by Directives 2015/863/EU and (I) 2017/2102 , concerns the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

RoHS enforcement is required for all electrical and electronic equipment as part of CE product certification.

The first version of the RoHS directive was published in the 2002. Subsequently, the directive has undergone changes that have mainly expanded the types of equipment subject to these restrictions and the substances to be considered dangerous.

The Directive currently applies to the following product categories::

  • Large appliances
  • Small appliances
  • IT and telecommunication equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electric and electronic tools
  • Toys and equipment for leisure and sports
  • Medical devices, Control and monitoring tools
  • In vitro diagnostic medical devices
  • Monitoring and control instruments including industrial ones
  • Vending machines
  • Other electrical and electronic equipment not included in the categories listed above

The list of restricted substances is as follows::

  • Lead (0,1 %)
  • Mercury (0,1 %)
  • Cadmium (0,01 %)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0,1 %)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0,1 %)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0,1 %)
  • Di-di-phthalate(2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP) (0,1 %)
  • Benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP) (0,1 %)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1 %)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1 %)

The maximum concentration by weight tolerated in the various homogeneous materials constituting the product is indicated in brackets..


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