Restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in the EU (RoHS) and in Germany (ElektroStoffV).



RoHS and RoHS 2 – the European Directives on dangerous substances

The EU Directive for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) defines thresholds for six specific hazardous substances (lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and cadmium) in EEE products. Severlal, often very specific exceptions exist.

In 2012, the recast of the RoHS Directive became part of the CE conformity, incl. extensive testing and documentation requirements. While the original six substances and the respective threshold are still valid, there was a significant change in the scope of the legislation. After a long transitional period, RoHS will now also apply to any kind of EEE without the necessity that it has to fit into one of the historical 10 product categories.

The German “Elektrostoffverordnung” (ElektroStoffV)

In Germany, the updated rules of the new RoHS 2 Directive are no longer part of the “Elektrogesetz”, but content of the new “Elektrostoffverordnung”. The new ordinance came into force about half a year after RoHS 2, in summer 2013. The onlky purpose of the new legislation is to transpost European rules into German law.