rohs Articles

  • Enclosures & the RoHS directive

    While the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive regulates products in the European Union, RoHS compliance is rapidly becoming a de facto global standard that impacts US manufacturers. The RoHS Directive applies to fi nished electrical products. It does not directly regulate components, for example, electrical enclosures. However, products are assembled from components and RoHS ...


    By FIBOX Enclosures

  • The RoHS directive & electrical enclosures

    How does RoHS impact on you? RoHS means Restriction of Hazardous Substances (used in Electrical and Electronic Equipment). It is a Directive adopted by the European Parliament in January 2003 with planned effect for July 1, 2006. Legally it only applies to certain goods put into the market in the European Union after the effective date, but as a practical matter, the RoHS Directive is ...


    By FIBOX Enclosures

  • RoHS/WEEE compliance

    Monitoring heavy metals has never been more in the spotlight. Recent legislation in Europe and Asia looks set to keep it that way. This article outlines the impact of the new regulatory environment on suppliers of the many plastic components used in electrical and electronic equipment and provides an insight into how X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry can provide a solution for screening and ...


    By PANalytical

  • Lead-Free: China RoHS requirements

    China’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased six-fold between 1984 and 2004. In the first half of 2006, it grew nearly 11%. Today, China is the world’s largest region for electrical and electronic manufacturing. Furthermore, China’s 2005 average income of $1,290 (USD) is expected to rise sharply. The country likely will emerge as the top consumer of electrical and electronic products. It is ...


    By The GoodBye Chain Group

  • RoHS and WEEE – The New European Directives

    - DO THEY WORK and WHY (Or WHY NOT)? - Current Application and Development in the EU and USA INTRODUCTION In the last few years the need to produce 'environmentally friendly' products has been seriously considered by EU countries. The debate over how and why to produce such products has moved from being consumer-led to a legal requirement. Legislation was necessary to resolve the ...


  • How to plan your new RoHS program

    Summary The Directive 2015/863' has amended Annex II of the European Union's RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU)2 to restrict an additional four substances in electronics. Lessons learned from the first RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC)5 strengthen the need to understand when an electronics company needs to start their supply chain communication program. This paper will discuss some of the important ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • RoHS Directive: Industry Group Challenges Exemption Recommendations

    A group of industry associations has told the European Union Commission it does not agree with recommendations on how to handle Pack 9 exemptions under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. The Cross-Industry Project, also known as the Umbrella Project, includes over 34 industry associations around the world. The group submitted their feedback in July 2016, shortly ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Get the Lead Out - Standards Aid in RoHS Compliance

    RoHS, the seminal European sustainability directive, and others like it challenge manufacturers to eliminate hazardous substances in their products. With RoHS compliance deadlines ongoing through at least the next five years, and more to come from other regions and nations, ASTM Committee F40 is helping companies with testing standards and other resources. The recent introduction of the new Apple ...


    By ASTM International

  • RoHS list set to expand with new chemicals

    The European Union prescribes that chemicals restricted by the RoHS directive should be reviewed by the European Commission periodically. The RoHS directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, vide Directive 2002/95/EC. In this context, the European Commission has asked specific agencies to study the feasibility and need for inclusion of other ...


    By Enventure Technologies Inc

  • Monitoring heavy metals for compliance with RoHS and WEEE directives

    The rapid expansion in the quantity of used electronic and electrical appliances has created a need to safely dispose of the used equipment. The European Community has introduced regulations to enforce limits on the amount of toxic metals and organic chemicals used in the production of material. Compliance with the regulations will help prevent hazards for future generations when the equipment is ...


  • Legal Lookout: RoHS, WEEE and Related EU Directives

    Product stewardship is becoming increasingly important as international regulatory requirements involving product lifecycles become more prevalent. In Europe, several directives are likely to influence global product stewardship. Background Environmental regulation traditionally has focused on regulating manufacturing facilities by limiting or preventing environmental releases and related ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Establishing a RoHS Full Disclosure Audit Trail for an Electronics Manufacturing Services Company

    Situation and ObjectiveIn regard to collecting, managing, and reporting material declaration compliance information, this is a case study of The GoodBye Chain Group’s work with a large Electronics Manufacturing Services Company (EMS). EMS was faced with demands from one of its largest customers to provide full disclosure material declaration information by July 1, 2006. EMS started working ...


    By Quantum Compliance

  • X-ray analysis of tin solders aids RoHS/WEEE compliance

    The hottest topic in the electrical and electronic industry for some time has been the introduction of several directives with the same implications, the Chinese Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products, the European Union (EU) and Japanese RoHS and WEEE directives. These regulations restrict the presence of lead, and other elements, in ...


    By PANalytical

  • Heavy Metal Compliance per RoHS Directive - Case Study

    Background Compliance with RoHS (or the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) is an important issue in manufacturing today. RoHS has been constantly evolving since its original adoption in the EU as RoHS 2002/95/EC in 2003. Its full name is “Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.” As the ...


  • New Jersey, the newest EU member state?: Adoption of the EU RoHS Directive

    Perhaps it came as no huge surprise when California adopted the EU's RoHS Directive in 2003 applicable to video display devices because California is typically on the leading edge of adopting innovative environmental requirements. But now that the past year has seen California expanding the list products subject to RoHS restrictions and New Jersey incorporating the EU RoHS Directive into its ...

  • China RoHS Phase 2: Hard data reveals a red flag

    At a time when companies are scrambling to comply with China RoHS Phase 1 requirements,  GoodBye Chain Group (GCG) has discovered an issue of high importance in regard to China RoHS Phase 2: namely, the financially risky situation that many companies will be in if a) they have used substance exemptions for EU RoHS or delayed their RoHS-conversion because their Category 8 (medical) or ...


    By The GoodBye Chain Group

  • New EU RoHS finally here – significant changes for EEE on the horizon

    After three years of debate, the revised RoHS Directive (65/2011/EU) has finally been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council resulting in significant changes  for electrical and electronic equipment. In 2008, the European Commission launched the review of the related directives of WEEE, addressing  the collection and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), ...

  • European Union RoHS Directive: Understanding Exemptions - White Paper

    Exemptions play a significant role in complying with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. In order to meet their requirements, companies must understand how exemptions work within the directive and how to apply them to their own programs. Assent Compliance’s materials compliance Subject Matter Expert, Valerie Kuntz, takes an in-depth look at ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Screening Analysis of Hazardous Elements using X-ray fluorescence Analyzer — Analytical Technique in Compliance with RoHS Directive —

    Under recent circumstances where attention to the environment is required in every field, there is an increasing need for analysis of hazardous substances included in products such as electrical and electronic equipment, and automobiles, as triggered by the enforcement of the RoHS Directive of the European Union (EU). As part of this trend, the X-ray fluorescence analyzer (XRF) plays an important ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • RoHS & WEEE compliance: analysis of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) polymers

    XRF has emerged as an optimal solution for the screening of toxic heavy metals regulated by the EU Directives, RoHS and WEEE. PANalytical's MiniPal 4 RoHS WEEE – an energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer – provides a RoHS/WEEE screening function of the restricted elements. This datasheet describes a straightforward, robust method for the analysis of RoHS elements in two very different ...


    By PANalytical

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