Definition: ROHS

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 has already been mentioned, the directive is intended to ensure that products do not contain a large proportion of hazardous substances. These are the substances lead, mercury, cadnium, chromium VI, PBB and PBDE. These substances therefore have a maximum limit when it comes to electronic devices. If a product exceeds the maximum, it cannot be put on the market. The product will then have to be modified first. The directive is also intended to ensure that the materials can be better recycled. There are also fewer problems with end-of-life management. The CE marking also relates to the ROHS Directive. Other quality marks do not give you a 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

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