Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS)

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The RoHS Directive imposes restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electronic and electrical equipment placed on the EU market.

Background and objectives of the RoHS Directive

Electrical and electronic devices contain a wide range of hazardous substances. At the same time, the surge in the production and use of such equipment is leading to a significant increase in harmful e-waste. The directive was introduced to minimize negative environmental impacts, protect human health and improve the overall safety of electronic products.

Restriction of ten substances under RoHS

The RoHS Directive restricts the use of certain heavy metals, flame retardants and plasticizers that can be replaced with safer alternatives. The following ten substances are covered (as of January 2024):

  1. Lead
  2. Mercury
  3. Cadmium
  4. Hexavalent chromium
  5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  6. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
  7. Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  8. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  9. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  10. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Software solutions for RoHS compliance

RoHS compliance software solutions can help companies identify the use of hazardous substances in their supply chains and allow for more efficient risk management and supplier engagement.