Introduction to RoHS

RoHS (Restriction of certain use of Hazardous Substances) is an EU Directive that restricts the use of 6 hazardous materials in the manufacture of electronic & electrical equipment (See affected products).

The legislation came into force on 1st July 2006

It is closely linked with, and takes its scope from, the WEEE(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive.

RoHS is having a fundamental impact on the electronics industry.

Legally it applies within the EU only, however RoHS is effectively becoming a world-wide standard due to the global nature of this industry.

Similar environmental legislation is also being considered in a number of countries outside the EU.

RoHS is not solely a technical manufacturing problem. It has major implications for other aspects of business including

• Product design

• Customer and supplier relations

• Logistics and supply chain management

Affected Products

• Large household appliances

• Small household appliances

• Telecommunications equipment

• Electrical and electronic tools

• Lighting equipment

• Consumer equipment

• Toys, leisure and sports equipment

• Automatic dispensers

The RoHS Directive takes its scope from the associated WEEE

(Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive.

The RoHS Directive affects all the product types above plus:

•Medical devices (with the exception of implanted andinfected products)

•Monitoring and control instruments


The Anochrome Group is keeping itself informed of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of Chemicals legislation and will ensure its suppliers are kept aware of their responsibilities