RoHS is quite complicated regulations of the EU, affecting most Vietnamese enterprises when trading, exporting and importing industries related to this market. So what is the RoHS Standard?
RoHS stands for Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances – a standard aimed at limiting hazardous substances, contributing to the protection of a green and clean environment. This standard uses European legislation to ban six substances that are particularly dangerous to the environment and to human health in the manufacturing process: Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), valence Chromium 6, bromine compounds: PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls), PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), and Lead (Pb).
This legislation is enforced starting July 1, 2006, all products that contain any of the above six substances are not sold in Europe. Along with RoHS there is also a regulation on the recycling of electronic devices called WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
Because of RoHS, manufacturers who want to sell their products on the European market must be registered with the “RoHS-compliant” Logo.
RoHS / WEEE is fully written as RoHS / WEEE.
– RoHS: Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
– WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
10 types of electrical and electronic equipment covered by RoHS:
1- Large home appliances: refrigerator, washing machine, microwave.
2- Small household appliances: vacuum cleaner, oven.
3- IT equipment and telecommunications equipment: central data processor, computers, cell phones, fax machines, …
4- Consumer equipment: radio, television, musical instrument.
5- Lighting equipment: fluorescent light bulb.
6 – Electric and electronic tools: chamber machine, sewing machine.
7 – Toys, entertainment and sports equipment: electronic toys, manual game consoles, video games.
8 – Medical tools: gas aids.
9 – Control monitoring tools: hood, fireplace.
10 – Automatic processing machine: beverage maker.