The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC, (RoHS 1), short for Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.

The RoHS 1 directive took effect on 1 July 2006 and became a law in each member state. Each member state of the EU is required to enforce this law. This directive restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials (Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), Poly-­‐ Brominated Biphenyl (PBB) en Poly-­‐ Brominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.

The RoHS 2 directive (2011/65/EU) is an evolution of the original directive and became law on 21 July 2011 and took effect on 2 January 2013. It addresses the same substances as the original directive while improving regulatory conditions and legal clarity. It requires periodic re-evaluations that facilitate gradual broadening of its requirements to cover additional electronic and electrical equipment, cables and spare parts.

It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC, which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.

As a distributor of components, Nijkerk Electronics cannot give out declarations on RoHS. Nijkerk Electronics will only work with suppliers of components who meet the RoHS 2 requirements. RoHs declarations of our suppliers are available upon request.

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