Important Facts about RoHS Compliance

RoHS is a compulsory standard that restricts the use of multiple hazardous substances in the EEE products in the EU region. The compliance is very confusing for most people as it gets updated every once in a while. To help you get a better grip of the subject, here are some important facts that must know about RoHS. 

The purpose of RoHS compliance

This compliance ensures that the restricted materials that are hazardous to the environment are used under control. It was also introduced to improve the lives and health of the consumers, manufacturers, distributors and the environment. This directive is a necessary step to maintain the safety of the public and protect them from the exposure to certain chemicals, which can give rise to multiple medical issues. The main goal of the compliance is to reduce the health and environmental impacts of the electronic equipment and ensure they are handled properly at every stage of the device’s lifecycle.

The RoHS tests

The initial tests under RoHS compliance includes XRF or X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy. These tests are performed first to focus on the part of the products that have the highest risks of containing any harmful or dangerous substances. Other tests of RoHS include the FTIR or Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy and SEM or Scanning Electron Microscope. All the tests aim to identify the restricted materials in products while promoting product safety.

Differences between RoHS and RoHS 3

There are multiple points of differences between the RoHS and the RoHS 3. RoHS 3 has an addition of four new restricted substances to the original list of six substances. All of the previous substances were phthalates, which are majorly used for insulation purposes. These substances are also cited under REACH regulation. RoHS 3 came into effect in 2019 with a total of 11 new substances in the complete list. 

Products or substances that are excluded from RoHS

  • Some of the large-scale stationary industrial tools and a few large-scale fixed installations
  • Photovoltaic panels
  • Some non-road mobile machinery, which are exclusively made available to be used by professionals.
  • Some means of transport which are meant for people or goods. This excludes the two-wheelers, which are not type-approved from the start.

With the help of Enviropass RoHS compliance, you will get complete idea about the substances which can be and which cannot be used while importing your products into the European market.