RoHS Scope

What substances are covered by RoHS?

The hazardous substances covered by RoHS directive 2002/95/EC are:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Hexavalent chromium (CrVI)
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), a flame retardant
  • Polybrominated diphenyl (PBDE), a flame retardant

Who should be concerned with RoHS?

Companies that must comply with the RoHS directive are those that:

  • Manufacture and sell electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) under their own brand
  • Resell under their own brand EEE made by other manufacturers
  • Import or export EEE on a professional basis

What equipment is covered by RoHS?

RoHS applies to low- voltage electrical and electronic equipment designed to operate at 1000V AC or less and 1500V DC or less, listed in Annex 1A of the WEEE directive 2002/96/EC:

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Spare parts for the above equipment manufactured after July 2006

A detailed list of the equipment categories may be found in Annex 1B of directive 2002/96/EC.

What equipment is currently outside the scope or exempt from RoHS?

  • Medium-voltage electrical and electronic devices
  • Spare parts for electrical and electronic devices manufactured prior to July 2006
  • Arms, munitions and national-defense-related material
  • The two categories of electrical and electronic equipment listed in Annex 1A of directive 2002/96/EC, which will be included at a later date:

    • Medical devices
    • Monitoring and control instruments

  • Large-scale stationary industrial tools
  • Exceptions listed in the Annex to directive 2002/95/EC

    • Mercury in certain lamps
    • Lead in the glass of cathode ray tubes, fluorescent tubes and electrical components
    • Lead in solder used in servers and storage systems (until 2010)
    • Lead as an alloying agent in steel (0.35% by weight), aluminum (0.4% by weight), and copper (4% by weight)
    • Lead in certain high melting temperature-type solders
    • Lead in solders for network infrastructure equipment
    • Lead in certain electronic ceramic parts
    • Cadmium plating less than 0.01% by weight
    • Hexavalent chromium in carbon steel cooling systems for absorption refrigeration

Download the directives:

ROHS 2002/95/EC

WEEE 2002/96/EC

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