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.

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.  Beginning July 2021, the medical device exemption is expiring, 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). 

The RoHS directive 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%.

The Element Advantage

The RoHS3 Directive was created to ensure the protection of life, human health, and the environment, and our RoHS 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. 

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