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