The EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU) which came into force 3rd Jan. 2013, restricts the maximum allowable levels of six substances including lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE); the latter two are used as flame retardants in electrical equipment. In order to produce such kinds of products within the EU or to import them into the EU, manufacturers are responsible for providing appropriate documentation.


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