Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)

The RoHS directive restricts the use of specific harmful substances within Electrical & Electronic Equipment (EEE), and places bans on the introduction of new EEE containing higher than agreed levels of such substances. These substances include Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated biphenyls, Polybrominated diphenyl ether, with a further four substances are to be considered for restriction in 2014, hexabromocyclodecane, bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate and dibutyl phthalate. Conventionally the materials mentioned are used within flame retardants included in plastics, and connections in the manufacture of PCBs. The CE marking has replaced all other RoHS markings since January 2nd 2013.

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