What is the EU RoHS Directive?

The EU RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 outlines the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. 

EU RoHS refers to the original RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC and Directive 2011/65/EU (8 June 2011), which replaced the original RoHS Directive as of January 1, 2013. You will also see EU RoHS 2 referring to the RoHS Recast. The RoHS Recast contains the same principal restrictions and requirements as the past RoHS directive.

As a supplier or manufacturer receiving a request from Assent, the most pertinent aspects of RoHS are that it applies to EEE3 and engenders a ban of the use of 6 substances past the applicable threshold (or maximum concentration value – MCV). There are timelines of applicability associated to certain categories of EEE and there are certain EEE considered out of scope.

There are several other requirements under RoHS that may apply to you; please contact Assent if you would like further assistance with RoHS compliance. For more information on the RoHS Directive, click here

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