EU RoHS and High-Voltage Products

Question: My company manufactures cables rated for use over 1,000 volts, and a company we supply to recently requested EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance information. Is my company in scope of RoHS?

Answer: No, your company is out of scope of the EU RoHS directive. Under the EU RoHS directive, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is defined as “equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1,000 volts for alternating current and 1,500 volts for direct current.”

Furthermore, the directive defines “cables” as “all cables with a rated voltage of less than 250 volts that serve as a connection or an extension to connect EEE to the electrical outlet or to connect two or more EEE to each other.” The reasoning behind this exclusion is that high voltage equipment may legitimately need to use RoHS-restricted substances at higher levels. However, it should be noted that there is no such exclusion under the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation.

Article is current as of 2020-02-07.

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