RoHS - EU Directive

The European Directive on the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment 2002/95/EC, commonly known as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive or RoHS was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. The RoHS directive took effect on July 1, 2006, and are required to be enforced and become law in each Member State. This directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electrical and electronic equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery of electrical products and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic residues (e-waste).