RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC. Originating in Europe, this directive was written to restrict specific materials found in electrical and electronic components. Restricted materials are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and four different phthalates.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances
- RoHS 2 expands the scope of RoHS slightly, along with changes to the record keeping requirements. No additional materials have been added, but the categories of medical devices and control and monitoring instruments are now included.
- RoHS 3 adds four materials (phthalates) to the original RoHS restricted list.
- RoHS 5/6 requires compliance to five of the six original restricted materials, eliminating the compliance for lead.
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