RoHS; What is it all about?
“RoHS 2” is the common name that has been given to the European Union (EU) Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
RoHS 2 directive, 2011/65/EU, repealed the previous RoHS directive, 2002/95/EC, and is effective from 3rd January 2013.
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.
REACH; What is it all about?
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Union (EU) regulation dating from 2006 in earliest form, coming into effect in 2007, that seeks to address the production and use of chemical substances, as well as their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH is managed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which was established as a result of the directive. As a responsible company that designs and manufacturers goods that are imported into the European Union, Amphenol Australia is aware of its obligations with regards REACH and has implemented policies and procedures to meet the requirements of the directive.
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