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Restriction of Hazardous Substances


RoHS IS a requirement of CE marking. RoHS relates to hazardous materials in equipment for when the product is disposed off. RoHS restricts the use of the following materials:

"Electronic waste" may be defined as discarded electrical, or electronic device of an kind. Equipment placed on the market must now carry labels indicating the crossed-out wheelie bin and identify the producer. Additionally, a producer must register with a producer compliance scheme. 

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The directive includes equipment in the following categories:

IT and telecommunications equipment

Consumer equipment

Lighting equipment

Medical devices

Semiconductor devices


The RoHS 2 directive (2011/65/EU) is an evolution of the original directive. It addresses the same substances as the original directive while improving regulatory conditions and legal clarity. It requires periodic reevaluations that facilitate gradual broadening of its requirements to cover additional electronic and electrical equipment, cables and spare parts. The CE logo now indicates compliance and RoHS 2.


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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment


WEEE directive became law in 2007 in conjunction with the RoHS directive, which complements it. WEEE covers all electrical and electronic waste. It is intended to reduce the environmental impact of this type of waste, and puts the financial responsibility for recycling on the producers and distributors of the equipment.