The ins and outs of the RoHS Directive

Nevison, Gary
June 2006
Electronics Weekly;6/21/2006, Issue 2246, p22
Trade Publication
This article reports that one of the most hotly debated topics is the Restriction of Hazardous Substance or RoHS legislation and the issue of exemptions in Great Britain. Being exempted from the challenging environmental legislation may seem like a dream come true but one could also be in trouble. Where there is no technical alternative for specific materials used in products, the RoHS legislation permits exemptions. This means that if there is genuinely no viable alternative for a material required for a particular application, manufacturers can request an exemption for this specific application. Categories 8 and 9 covering medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are excluded from RoHS.


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