What is RoHS 2?

RoHS 2 Definition

RoHS 2 is the EU directive 2011/65/EU which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 replaced the previous RoHS directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1) in July 2011. Compared to RoHS 1, RoHS 2 not only expanded the scope of products covered, but also imposed new obligations on EEE manufacturers to prepare EU declaration of conformity and affix CE markings on finished products.


What is the difference between RoHS 2 and RoHS 3?

RoHS 2 restricts the use of six hazardous substances (i.e., mercury, cadmium, lead, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and polybrominated biphenyls) in electrical and electronic equipment within a certain limit. RoHS 3 adds four additional restricted substances (i.e., bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, benzyl butyl phthalate, and diisobutyl phthalate) to the list. RoHS 3 also includes “”Category 11″” products, such as two-wheeled electric vehicles, vape pens, and e-cigarettes.

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What is RoHS used for?

The purpose of RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) is to lessen the impact of electronics on the environment and human health. The major goal of the legislation is to make electronics production safer at every level of the device’s life cycle.

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What is RoHS 3 compliance?

RoHS 3 (EU 2015/863) adds four more types of phthalates to the list of restricted compounds, bringing the total number of prohibited substances to ten. RoHS 3 compliant products have been tested for the ten restricted substances by an independent authority and are verified to fall within the acceptable limits.

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