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EU ROHS Directive

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RoHS is the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The <a href= "">ROHS Directive</a> bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of six hazardous chemicals. Manufacturers need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive in order to ensure that their products and components comply with the regulations. They must be able to demonstrate compliance by submitting technical documentation or other information to the enforcing authority on request and retain such documentation for a period of four years after the electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is placed on the market. Enforcement authorities will carry out market surveillance to detect non-compliant products and may carry out tests for this purpose.

Testing for RoHS compliance is a complex issue due to the many different substrates and the various exclusions to the regulations. It is left to the individual laboratories to determine the most appropriate procedures for the substrates being evaluated. ROHS Directive has also been revised to prevent it from being redundant. The revised RoHS Directive also changes the definition of what is electrical and electronic equipment under the above mentioned categories. The old RoHS Directive only considered equipment dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly as EEE. The revised RoHS Directive appears to be more comprehensive and includes any product with an electrical or electronic component used to fulfill one of its intended purposes. However, the interpretation of this provision might give Member States difficulties in enforcing the Directive.

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