RoHS (Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances) is a EU Directive that will restrict the use of 6 hazardous materials in the manufacture of electronic & electrical equipment. 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.
Legally it applies within the EU only, however RoHS is fast becoming a world-wide ‘standard’ due to the global nature of the this industry. Comparative environmental legislation is 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