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RoHS; What is it all about?
“RoHS” is the common name that has been given to the European Union (EU) Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
The RoHS directive requires the restriction of SIX substances; the four metals: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), and hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)) and two groups of halogenated, organic flame retardants: PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls) and PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). While most of the industry focus on RoHS compliance has been directed towards lead, and in the promotion of “lead free” goods, it is important to note that the removal and control of lead alone will not achieve RoHS compliance.
The restrictions will apply to electro and electronic devices and components sold into, and within, the EU from 1st July 2006.
RoHS Compliance Status
– Professional Audio Products
Amphenol Australia is supportive of the requirements of the European Parliament EU Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment – also more commonly known as the “RoHS Directive”. As a long term designer and manufacturer of professional audio products, Amphenol Australia has always sought to design and manufacture products with both environmental conscience while maintaining high technical standards. This is why for instance our audio ranges already feature contact electroplate finishes in pure tin, silver, nickel and gold and we have avoided lead and lead compound finishes.
At Amphenol Australia we have in place a technical group that has focused particularly on the issue of RoHS compliance as the directive covers several substances, not only lead and lead compounds.
Furthermore Amphenol Australia has implemented packaging identification with our RoHS compliance marking. These markings will be seen on our package boxes next to the identification panel as stock is dispatched.
If you have any further questions, require specific information on this topic, or require latest information on any product not listed, please feel free to contact our technical department.