The restriction of lead and five other potentially hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is specified by the EU-Directive 2011/65/EU.

As a value-oriented company, Weidmüller is aware of its responsibility to customers, employees, the community and the environment. This is why it is self-evident for Weidmüller to assume responsibility in the context of the ROHS directive 2011/65/EU.

Weidmüller even takes measures which go beyond the requirements of the directive. More than 20 years ago, Weidmüller dropped the use of cadmium in plastics. Irrespective to the indicators of ROHS-Directive 2011/65/EU with regard to classes of equipment and related products, Weidmüller aims to put all materials and products within this directive.

In this context we would like to give you an overview about the contents of the directive.

Indicators to RoHS directive 2011/65/EU

In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to recast Directive 2002/95/EC.
The result of this recast is Directive 2011/65/EU (hereafter referred to as the “Recast RoHS Directive” or “RoHS II”), which was finally adopted on 27 May 2011. The Recast RoHS Directive has been published in the Official Journal of the EU on 1st July 2011 and entered into force on 21st July 2011. Member States will have to transpose the Recast RoHS Directive into national law by 2nd January 2013 at the latest.

The RoHS directive is subject to a continuous re-evaluation cycle. This means that every four years new substances might be forbidden or exceptional rules might be omitted or newly affiliated.

Effective the following substances used in electronic products are within the limits of the directive:

  • Lead (Pb) of 1000ppm
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chrome (Cr (VI))
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ehters (PBDE)
  • Examination of substance list possible as soon as scientific evidence is available

Classes of equipment ROHS:

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Other electrical and electronic equipment not covered by any of the categories above