The European Parliament and the European Commission issued the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (the "WEEE Directive") and the "Regulations on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment" on February 13, 2003 in its Official Gazette. Referred to as "RoHS Directive"
The "RoHS Directive" and the "WEEE Directive" stipulate that there are 10 categories of 102 kinds of products that are included in the management of hazardous substances and management of waste recycling. The first seven products are the main export electrical products in China. Including large household appliances, small household appliances, information and communication equipment, consumer products, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment, medical equipment (except for implanted or infected products), monitoring and control instruments ,vending machine.
On December 3, 2008, the EU issued a revised proposal for the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) and the RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC). The purpose of this proposal is to create a better regulatory environment that is simple, understandable, effective and enforceable. The main contents of the revision of the RoHS Directive are:
1. Changed the legal term and clarified the scope and definition of the directive;
2. Introduce the CE mark of the product and the EC declaration of conformity;
3. Incorporate medical devices, control and monitoring instruments into the scope of the RoHS Directive in phases;
The six hazardous substances that have been restricted have not changed, but the four substances - HBCDDD, 2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) And dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - require priority assessment to investigate whether future inclusion of restricted substances
Only for new products launched on the market from July 1, 2006.
Includes incandescent lamps and light sources for home use.
Special instructions or regulations regarding safety and health requirements should not be violated - Vehicle ELV, Automotive Directive; Battery Directive, 91/157/EEC, 93/86/EEC&98/101/EC
Excludes: medical equipment or monitoring equipment (WEEE Directive No. 8, 9); repair spare parts placed on the market before July 1, 2006; re-used products originally placed on the market before July 1, 2006.
Restricted toxic substances:
– Mercury mercury;
– Cadmium cadmium;
– Chromium (VI) hexavalent chromium.
· Some brominated flame retardants:
Polybrominated biphenyls – Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB’s);
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's).
The maximum limit indicator is:
· Cadmium: 0.01% (100ppm);
· Lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers: 0.1% (1000ppm).
Six types of hazardous substances
RoHS is an electrical and electronic product that may contain the above six hazardous substances in all production processes and raw materials, including: white goods, such as refrigerators, washing machines, microwave ovens, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, water heaters, etc., black appliances, such as audio and video products. , DVD, CD, TV receiver, IT products, digital products, communication products, etc.; power tools, electric electronic toys, medical electrical equipment.
1. Lead (Pb) Examples of the use of this material: solder, glass, PVC stabilizer
2. Mercury (Hg) (mercury) Examples of the use of this substance: thermostats, sensors, switches and relays, bulbs
3. Cadmium (Cd) Examples of the use of this substance: switches, springs, connectors, housings and PCBs, contacts, batteries
4. Hexavalent chromium (Cr 6+ ) Example of the use of this material: metal anti-corrosion coating
5. Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) Examples of the use of this substance: flame retardants, PCBs, connectors, plastic housings
6. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) Examples of the use of this substance: flame retardants, PCBs, connectors, plastic housings