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
RoHS (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 terms as:
- "RoHS: Compliant" per producer documentation. The manufacturer has declared and documented compliance to EU Directive 2011/65/EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).
- "RoHS: Compliant by Exemption" per producer documentation. The manufacturer has declared and documented an exemption from compliance to EU Directive 2011/65/EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).
- "RoHS: Non-Applicable" as declared by Mouser or the manufacturer after determining the product doesn't fall within the scope of either the RoHS or WEEE directives. Examples would be non-powered hand tool, batteries, or monitoring and control equipment (electronic test equipment).
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 Vice President of 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.
2015/863 of March 31, 2015, amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of restricted substances.
2011/65/EU of January 27, 2003, on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. (RoHS)