Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union.
The RoHS directive took effect on July 1, 2006. Restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electrical and electronic equipment. Is closely related to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
Restrict the use of the following six substances:
- chromium VI
The Directive applies to equipment as defined by the WEEE directive. These are:
- Large appliances
- Small appliances
- Communications and IT equipment
- Electrical consumption
- Apparatus for lighting, including filament bulbs
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Toys, sports equipment and leisure
- vending Machines