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Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

What exactly is RoHS?

RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, is a European Union (EU) standard that restricts the use of specific hazardous materials previously found in common electrical/electronic components and products. These restricted materials are hazardous to the environment and can cause injury or death from exposure during manufacturing and disposal.

What materials are restricted under RoHS?

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Cr+6 (Hexavalent Chromium)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
  • Bis (2‐Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Online references for more information:

  • RoHS – The main European Union website
  • Wikipedia – More information about RoHS
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