RoHS, also known as Lead-free, stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.
All applicable products in the EU market July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. RoHS impacts the entire electronics industry.
What are the restricted materials mandated under RoHS
The substances banned under RoHS are lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
WEEE stands for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC mandates the treatment, recovery and recycling of electric and electronic equipment (90% ends up in landfills). All applicable products in the EU market after August 13, 2006 must pass WEEE compliance and carry the “Wheelie Bin” sticker.