What is this request about?
RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive and it restricts the use of 10 hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment to protect human health and the environment. With this request, your customer is asking for RoHS declarations that state whether or not your parts/products contain any of the 10 restricted substances over 0.1% w/w (weight by weight).
There are exemptions available for certain parts/products for a temporary period of time. Several exemptions have been added since the publication of the directive and others have expired and no longer apply; the exemption lists are continuously updated in line with technical progress. You can find the latest exemption list here.
Even if your parts/products aren’t electrical or electronic, your customer might still request a RoHS declaration if it is determined that they are incorporating your parts/products in a final product which is electrical or electronic, as the entire product has to be RoHS compliant.
How do I start?
In order to be able to complete this request, you will require information on the chemicals contained in your parts/products. If you do not manufacture the parts/products yourself, the information can be obtained by asking your suppliers to provide you with a RoHS declaration, from which you can gather the applicable information.
Please find below our acceptance criteria for a valid RoHS declaration and our declaration template.
Why is my customer asking me for this information?
Your customer requests your RoHS information for the parts/products that you supply to them in order to determine if they can import their parts/products into the EU. There is a restriction on the presence of the 10 hazardous RoHS substances in parts/products over 0.1% w/w unless an exemption can be applied.
In summary, your customer needs this information from you in order to sell their parts/products in the EU.