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RoHS Standard, a brief understanding of the RoHS compliance.

RoHS stands for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances. As of July 2006 this directive became law, restricting the use of six substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) sold within and to the European Union (EU) countries. The restricted substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavelent chromium and flame retardants PBE and PBDE.  Equipment regulated includes items like computers, cell phones, TV's, fluorescent lamps, household appliances, toys and sports equipment.

There are certain items and parts that were on the market prior to July 1, 2006, that are exempt from RoHS, but most items used in equipment will have to meet full compliance.  Some items will be completely discontinued due to not meeting the RoHS compliance, or manufacturers will have to change their process in order to meet the RoHS compliance. When a non-compliant product is identified, their approach is to work with the producer towards full compliance.  PPI has worked towards full compliance of their products in both EU RoHS and China RoHS.

 RoHS  became a directive  because our fast growing electronic industry.  The life span for electronics decreased from approximately 6 years to 2 years in the past decade.  Most of these products end up in land fills where the hazardous substances from the electronics can potentially leach out.  WEEE is a companion EU law to RoHS, which stands for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment.  WEEE manufacturers and importers of electronic products are responsible for meeting the cost of their collection, treatment and recycling within the EU.  RoHS will reduce the need for special handling of electronic waste in the future, while WEEE will deal with both existing and future waste, diverting it from EU landfills and reducing the threat of soil and water contamination, as well as human exposure to toxic substances.