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RoHS

December 24th Fact-of-the-Day

After July 2006 the European Union (EU) Directive on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) bans the use of lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in electrical and electronic equipment sold in or from any EU member state. Most of these substances have been widely used in electrical and electronic equipment in the past (lead-based solder and cadmium-plated whip antennas, for example). Though RoHS is an EU directive, it will have global consequences, because large electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers sell their products throughout the world and it will not be cost-effective for them to design and manufacture different products for the EU and for the rest of the world. ©2004 Martek, International. All rights reserved.


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