RoHS Directive

RoHS Directive

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive defines limitations for introducing electrical and electronic equipment to the market from the perspective of its content of certain prohibited substances.

Prohibited substances

When producing electrical and electronic equipment and introducing it to the market, the use of the six following substances is prohibited (except for defined exceptions), or the maximum values as to their tolerated weight concentrations in homogenous materials are defined as follow:

  • Lead (0.1%)
  • Mercury (0.1%)
  • Cadmium (0.01%)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)

In case of medical devices and monitoring and controlling equipment the prohibition applies:

  1. to electrical and electronic equipment introduced to the market from 22 July 2014,
  2. in case of in vitro diagnostic medical devices, the prohibition applies to electrical and electronic equipment introduced to the market from 22 July 2016, and
  3. in case of industrial monitoring and controlling devices, the prohibition applies to electrical and electronic equipment introduced to the market from 22 July 2017.

Prohibition also applies for all EEZ excluded from directives 2002/95/ES and put on the market after 22nd July 2019.

Devices exempted from the RoHS directive

Cables or replacement parts for repair, reuse, modernisation of functions or increasing capacity of the following:

  1. electrical and electronic equipment introduced to the market prior to 1 July 2006;
  2. medical devices introduced to the market prior to 22 July 2014;
  3. in vitro diagnostic medical devices introduced to the market prior to 22 July 2016;
  4. monitoring and controlling equipment introduced to the market prior to 22 July 2014;
  5. industrial monitoring and controlling equipment introduced to the market prior to 22 July 2017;
  6. electrical and electronic equipment enjoying an exemption and which were introduced to the market prior to the end of its validity, if it concerns this special exemption.