What is ROHS?

ROHS is an abbreviation for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The use of hazardous substances within electronic equipment is limited. This ensures that the products do not consist for a large part of hazardous substances. In 2013 the rules within the ROHS guidelines have changed compared to the old guidelines from 2002. The terms ROHS1 and ROHS2 are also used.

What is the directive?

As mentioned earlier, the directive ensures that products do not consist largely of hazardous substances. These substances include lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB, and PBDE. There is a maximum limit for these substances in electronic devices. If a product exceeds the maximum limit, it cannot be placed on the market. The product must be modified first. The directive also aims to facilitate better recycling of materials and reduce end-of-life management issues. The CE marking is also related to the RoHS directive. Other certifications do not provide this guarantee.

To which appliances is the ROHS Directive applicable?

There are a number of exceptions when it comes to which devices are covered by the directive. One of these exceptions is, for example, solar panels. The ROHS directive relates to the following electronic devices:

  • ICT equipment
  • Relaxation devices
  • Medical devices
  • Consumer devices
  • Vending machines
  • Lighting equipment
  • Household appliances
  • Power Tools
  • Toys
  • Measuring and control equipment