RoHS in other countries

September 21, 2006 in Latest, News Leave a reply

RoHS is not just for the European Union.

Here are some of the "Lead Free" initiatives currently planned or in place:

EU RoHS - July 1, 2006

European Union
EU RoHS, which went into effect on July 1, 2006 mandates a phase-out of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium as well as brominated flame retardants in future electronic products.


China RoHS - March 1, 2007

China RoHS was issued on Feb. 28, 2006 and takes effect March 1, 2007. The directive mandates for a phase out of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium as well as brominated flame retardants in future electronic products.  Phase 1 is extensive labeling and reporting.  Phase 2 requires removal of banned substances.


Sony Green, Mitsubishi Sumitomo - 2006


Although Japan does not have a regulation that mandates elimination of lead, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) requested the decrease of lead in electronics by 75 percent by year 2005. Implementation of this request was voluntarily because the largest market for Japanese electronics is Europe. In order to comply with European RoHS, Japan had to adjust its manufacturing process by decreasing heavy metals in production.


Korea RoHS - July 1, 2007


South Korea
Korea issued similar to RoHS legislation called "The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobiles” to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 30, 2006. This legislation is planned to be enforced on July 1, 2007.


Pending legislation for 2007


New Zealand
In July 2005, Environment Minister released Product Stewardship and Water Efficiency Labelling, a discussion document outlining the government’s options for encouraging businesses and consumers to accept responsibility for the environmental effects of products.


Pending legislation for 2007


In October 2004, Alberta launched Canada´s first provincial electronics recycling program with advance recycling fee of up to $45 on electronics sold in the province.


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RoHS compliant? Think again…

May 16, 2006 in Latest, News Leave a reply

My son Alec got an 'F' in math once...Are you really RoHS compliant …

All companies selling into the EU and China should have their RoHS compliance efforts fully underway. With California and Korea RoHS dates just around the corner, this becomes a global issue. While many companies feel their RoHS work is completed, most do not they realize that they are fully exposed.

Here are two of the most common fallicies associated with RoHS compliance.

“My Distributor (or Contract Manufacturer or in-house engineer) converted our BOMs” – probably the most common answer, and very problematic.

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Getting the Lead Out

April 7, 2006 in Latest, News Leave a reply

So what does all this mean for consumers? Most companies say their toxin-free products will look and act the same as their lead-laden counterparts.”

Popular Science has a great article in their latest issue titled "Getting the Lead Out" by Billy Baker. It is a well written layman’s explanation of what the RoHS directive and conversion process is all about.

Use it to show your kids what you do for 14 hours a day… (we did)

Want to stop spending 14 hours a day on RoHS?… 

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How to use an XRF gun

April 7, 2006 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Incoming inspection shows due diligence

UPDATE:  They are doing the classes again in 2007.  We will be at the Denver class on November 2.  The link below shows the 2007 – 2008 class schedule. 

Thermo Electron Corporation, the manufacturer of NITON Analyzers (XRF guns) is sponsoring a free webinar about the technology and proper use of an XRF gun.
Date and Time:

April 13, 2006: 10:00 am EST or 4:00 pm EST
April 27, 2006: 10:00 am EST or 4:00 pm EST

Because of anticipated supply chain problems, vendor compliance issues and counterfeit part probabilities, Lead Free Design highly recommends that you have an incoming inspection plan in place for the next 12 months.
We also highly recommend the Niton XRF gun – we use one ourselves.  About $40k to buy, but you can lease one for about $1800 a month.  Considering the costs of getting caught with non-compliant parts, it is cheap insurance.
Click here to sign up on their website

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Beware of Counterfeit Parts

December 9, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Counterfeit parts
Gray Market parts are going to need a lot more scrutiny
because of RoHS.Typically, the flow of gray market parts – some of them counterfeit – balances industry gaps in supply and demand.

Much of the gray market consists of legitimate brokers, but during the transition to lead-free products, even reputable brokers may come under suspicion.

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The Cost of Compliance

December 9, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply


From Electronic News:
We knew it was going to cost more to become RoHS compliant. Just how much more is debatable, but the established guess is 8% – 15% of product production costs.
And the costs are not just internal. Suppliers like Newark InOne have seen their costs increase, so expect to see it reflected in your component and raw material costs.
In its case, Newark InOne has added additional employees — at additional cost
— for the bin checks, as well as additional employees in the receiving
area to double check warehouse supply.
Newark InOne also noted additional time and money spent by Newark InOne’s legal staff, for undertakings such as ensuring the verbiage is correct on packaging and sorting out new contracts.


“…we are keeping two inventories,” said Jeff Shafer, Newark InOne’s senior VP of product management, noting that on top of that the company does bin checks to be absolutely certain customer orders for lead-free are lead-free.
But the cost of non-compliance is higher, especially with China RoHS coming on-line March 1, 2007.
Contact Us for a proposal to ensure your products are compliant. Protect your market share.

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California's RoHS date is 1 Jan 2007

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Starting January 1, 2007 California is banning any product that can’t be sold in the EU.

Here’s California’s SB 50 (1 b. below):

The department shall adopt regulations, in accordance with this section, that prohibit an electronic device from being sold or offered for sale in this state if the electronic device is prohibited from being sold or offered for sale in the European Union on and after its date of manufacture, to the extent that Directive 2002/95/EC, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on January 27, 2003, and as amended thereafter by the Commission of European Communities, prohibits that sale due to the presence of certain heavy metals.

You only have until Jan 1, 2007 to comply !

RoHS California’s definition of the "covered electronic device" is not completely known at this time, and may not be as all encompassing as the RoHS EU. The lack of clarity and details in California’s RoHS are as frustrating as the EU RoHS directive. More and more countries and states will be taking direction from EU RoHS.

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What about spare parts?

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Spare parts What about the spare parts for support and warranty work?  Are they subject to EU RoHS or China RoHS rules?
Spare parts are not products within themselves but sub-assemblies supplied for repair post placing of the product on the market.
For China RoHS, spare parts that can be sold independently are subject to the Chinese RoHS directives, including marking.  Read more about China RoHS here
For EU RoHS, spare parts for repair of products placed on the market before 1 July 2006 are exempt from the requirements of RoHS.

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Which products must comply?

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

How do I know if my products must comply?

There are two major RoHS directives in place:  EU RoHS and China RoHS

While EU RoHS is effectively a "self-reporting and compliance" directive, with the possibility of retroactive enforcement; China RoHS requires stringent marking before March 1, 2007, and China-approved testing prior to product entry into China.

China RoHS and EU RoHS are very different…

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Stationary Industrial Tools

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Are large scale stationary industrial tools exempt from EU RoHS or China RoHS requirements?

For China RoHS, all categories of Electronic Information products require Marking.  The final specifications for Testing and inclusion in the catalog have not been released.

For EU RoHS, large scale stationary industrial tools are specifically exempt under category 6, but there is currently no clear guidance on the scope of electrical and electronic (EEE) devices covered by this exemption and it is therefore difficult for us to give advice with certainty.

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"Placed on the Market"

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

What does "Placed on the Market" mean?

China RoHS and EU RoHS have very different definitions for "placed on the market".

For EU RoHS, "placed on the market" is defined for the purposes of RoHS in the European Commission’s ‘Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach’ (commonly referred to as the ‘blue book’).

China RoHS is very different… 

The general principles of "placing on the market" for EU RoHS are:

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Where does RoHS apply?

November 8, 2005 in Latest, News Leave a reply

Where (Geographically) does EU RoHS and China RoHS apply?


For China RoHS, it is mainland China, Hong Kong and all Chinese territories.

China RoHS is very different 

For EU RoHS, RoHS only applies to products placed on the market in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Note: the EEA is a superset of the EU, and includes the 25 EU member states (below) plus Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Sweden and Switzerland.

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