What is RoHS?
The RoHS Directive stands for “the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”. This Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
Manufacturers need to understand the requirements of the RoHS Directive to ensure that their products, and their components, comply.
WHEN DID RoHS COME INTO force?
The RoHS Directive and the UK RoHS regulations came into force on 1 July 2006.
The RoHS Directive is an Article 95 single market directive.
The National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) has been awarded the contract to set up the UK’s national RoHS enforcement body. We are now delivering RoHS enforcement since the regulations were fully implemented on the 1st July 2006.
We have developed this website to provide you with information and help associated with RoHS compliance and enforcement. This includes a web version of the decision tree we intend to use, an FAQ section which we are continually updating as your enquiries come to us, and a list of other useful resources that are available to you in our links section.
If you are hosting events relating to RoHS enforcement and would like input from us, please contact us to discuss. We would like to support as many targeted events in the EEE sector as we can.