Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance testing is standard procedure for most companies dealing in the production or distribution of electrical and electronic component equipment.


What is RoHS and why is it important?

The European Union created the RoHS directive for human and environmental protection from hazardous substances and put it into effect on July 1, 2006. In July 2019, the RoHS3 Directive, titled “Directive (EU) 2015/863,” went into full effect and excluded medical devices from the requirements. As of July 2021, the medical device exemption has expired, and additional testing may be required for your materials to prove RoHS compliance, specifically if these products are intended for use in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Element provides expert testing services for the chemicals specified by the RoHS directive and can provide the data and insight necessary for RoHS compliance. The RoHS directive restricts the use of certain hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic products. Please contact our experts to understand more about the maximum concentration values for each of these restricted substances, how testing is conducted, and the RoHS directive itself. The ten restricted hazardous chemicals are:

  • 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) 

The Element Advantage

The RoHS3 Directive was created to ensure the protection of life, human health, and the environment, and our RoHS testing experts are here to help. At Element, we help our customers ensure RoHS compliance by using various analytical methods to verify levels of the restricted substances and determine concentrations of RoHS substances in test samples. 

For more information or to request a quote, please contact us.

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