RoHS is an abbreviation for “Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Equipment”.
Originally the abbreviation RoHS was used for the EC directive 2002/95/EC. Significant changes – for the benefit of greater clarity – have led to a revision of the EU provisions (EU RoHS) in the 2011/65/EU DIRECTIVE of 8 June 2011. For deliveries to China, there are similar requirements in the GB/T 26572-2011 regulations “Requirements of Concentration Limits for Certain Restricted Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” (China RoHS).
The aim of both systems is the protection of human health and the environment through the avoidance of six substances – heavy metals and brominated fire retardants/plasticisers. The differences arise from the date and the labelling of the products.
The regulation SJ/T11364-2014 “Marking for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in the Electrical and Electronic Product” requires a labelling for products that are imported to China and were produced after 1 July 2016.
For EU RoHS, Article 4(3) “… for industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market as of 22 July 2017” expands the meaning of the CE marking and the extent of the EU declaration of conformity.
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