EU Directive 2002/95/EC, the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive, was replaced on 21 July 2011 by EU Directive 2011/65/EU, commonly referred to as RoHS2. The major changes that affected the purchase of electronic components were the adoption of the “CE” mark for indication of RoHS compliance and the elimination of Lead (Pb) in ceramic chip capacitors. Several manufacturers were slow to catch up with the dropping of this exemption, but all are up to requirements now. Otherwise not much has changed for electronic component distribution.
EU Removes DecaBDE exemption
Recent events in the EU have resulted in the elimination of the exemption for Decabrominated diphenyl ether (DecaBDE). DecaBDE is part of the Polybrominated diphenyl ethers already regulated to 1,000 PPM by the RoHS Directive. Therefore when a supplier of products indicates a product is RoHS compliant without an exemption, this would include compliant to DecaBDE requirements. Mouser Electronics indicates the use of an exemption on our website, packing list and product labels.
RoHS changes the world
(Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is the European Union's
(EU) Directive 2011/65/EU of January 27, 2003, regarding the
restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in
electrical and electronic equipment. The directive compels
members of the EU to write and implement legislation that
supports the directive. EU members must be compliant no later
than July 1, 2006. The directive limits the allowable amounts
of six hazardous substances in EEE products marketed in the
EU. These substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent
chromium, certain brominated flame retardants (PBBs), and
polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Nothing in recent
history has challenged the distribution of electronic
components more than the European Union's directive on this
restriction of hazardous substances.
Mouser, the distributor to count on.It
is the policy of Mouser Electronics to identify and offer
products to the customer as RoHS Compliant, RoHS Exempt, and/
or RoHS Not Applicable, only after specific requirements have
been met. Mouser defines the above terms as:
Mouser performs no testing of products and relies solely on
the manufacturer of the product for identification of RoHS
Compliance. Mouser makes no warranty, certification, or
declaration of compliance. All statements by Mouser of RoHS
compliance, are based on Manufacturer documentation. Any
relevant evidence will be filed with the Quality Manager or
the Product Operations Director, and maintained for at least 4
years from the date of receipt. Products will not be
advertised or offered as RoHS Compliant, RoHS Exempt and/or
RoHS Not Applicable, until sufficient evidence is received
from the manufacturer, and any in stock or on order inventory
has been determined to be such. We will never mix stock.
of January 27, 2003, on the restriction of the use of certain
hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.