RoHS Compliance Testing is standard procedure for most companies dealing in the production or distribution of electrical and electronic component equipment.

The European Union created the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) for human and environmental protection for hazardous substances and put it into effect on July 1, 2006. RoHS restricts the use of these ten hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic products:

• Lead (Pb)

• Mercury (Hg)

• Cadmium (Cd)

• Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))

• Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)

• Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)

• Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

• Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)

• Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

• Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

RoHS has set maximum concentration values for each of these restricted substances. All are at 0.1%, except for cadmium with a limit of 0.01%. 

Element helps customers ensure RoHS compliance by performing quick, reliable RoHS testing and analysis of component materials to verify levels of the restricted substances. Element laboratories perform RoHS compliance testing using spectroscopy and wet chemistry methods to determine concentrations of RoHS substances in test samples. Our technicians thoroughly document all RoHS testing results in Certified Test Reports for our customers' records. 

RoHS and the recast directive RoHS3 that will go into effect in July 2019 exempt some materials and products from the requirements outlined in the Directive and will include additional restrictions that will go into effect on July 22, 2021. The new RoHS3 Directive is officially titled Directive (EU) 2015/863 on the restriction of specific hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

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