Info about RoHS/REACH


The term RoHS is derived from the English 'Restriction of Hazardous Substances', ie Limitation of Hazardous Substances. This is an EU directive limiting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The purpose of the directive is to reduce the use of hazardous substances in the electronic industry. Each Member State of the European Union (EU) must adopt its own law to introduce this directive.

1 July 2006 is a date which has changed the electronic market completely. This date has ended an era of lead soldering and the use of 5 other hazardous materials in the manufactering of electronic IC's and in the end all electronic equipment from toys to PC's in the European Union.


REACH is a European Chemicals Regulation. The abbreviation REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. This Regulation covers the documentation of the use of various chemicals in the manufacture of electronics components. This information is used to gain more insight into the use of the various chemicals and thereby create a healthier living environment.

The REACH regulation entered into force on 1 June 2007.


WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, ie Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and is a regulation concerning the collection, processing, recycling and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment.


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