RoHS Directive analysis

ALS offers product testing for analyzing compliance with RoHS III.

The RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) of the EU prescribes that new electrical and electronic equipment, introduced on the market from July 1, 2006, shall not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB (polybrominated biphenyls) or PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). Producers are required to provide information on the contents of their products and to show compliance with the RoHS directive.

The RoHS directive was updated on 3 January 2013 introducing new definitions and also included medicinal products (category 8) and survailance equipment (category 9). This was the RoHS directive 2011/65/EU, or RoHS II.

RoHS III

In 2019, further updates of the RoHS directive have been implemented. In addition to previously mentioned banned compounds, four phthalates have been introduced:

  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

The ban of mentioned phthalates comprises categories 1-7 and 10-11 from 22 July 2019 and categories 8-9 starting 22 July 2021.

Banned substances and maximum levels

  • Lead (Pb): 0.1 %
  • Mercury (Hg): 0.1 %
  • Cadmium (Cd): 0.01 %
  • Hexavalent chromium (CrVI): 0.1 %
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): 0.1 %
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): 0.1 %
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): 0.1 %
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): 0.1 %
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): 0.1 %
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): 0.1 %