European Union RoHS Directive
The RoHS – Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – directive came into force in Europe on July 1st 2006. The directive specifies the maximum concentrations of lead, and of five other hazardous substances, that can be present in products that include electronic sub-assemblies and systems. If the limits are exceeded in products sold in Europe after July 1st 2006, the organization responsible for enforcing the legislation in each country can take the appropriate action. It is important to recognize that there is no ‘grandfather period’ that will enable products manufactured and stocked before the directive’s implementation date to be sold in Europe. Products throughout the supply chain therefore were required to be compliant by July 1st 2006.