RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
This refers to the European regulation for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic equipment.
RoHS has quite a simple aim: to restrict the use of the following ten dangerous substances and the maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials:
Lead (0,1 %)
Mercury (0,1 %)
Cadmium (0,01 %)
Hexavalent chromium (0,1 %)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0,1 %)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0,1 %)
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0,1 %)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0,1 %)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1 %)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1 %)
RoHS compliant products are indicated by the symbol [G] or [H] on the product and packaging labels.
Large household appliances.
Small household appliances.
IT and telecommunications equipment.
Electrical and electronic tools.
Toys, leisure and sports equipment.
Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments.
Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.
SMC products are in category 9 and 11.
6(a): Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanised steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight
6(a)-I: Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight and in batch hot dip galvanised steel components containing up to 0,2 % lead by weight
6(b): Lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight
6(b)-I: Lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight, provided it stems from lead-bearing aluminium scrap recycling
6(b)-II: Lead as an alloying element in aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 0,4 % by weight
6(c): Copper alloy containing up to 4 % lead by weight
7(a): Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead)
7(b): Lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signalling, transmission, and network management for telecommunications
7(c)-I: Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors, e.g. piezoelectronic devices, or in a glass or ceramic matrix compound
7(c)-II: Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher
8(b): Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts
8(b)-I: Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts used in:
- circuit breakers,
- thermal sensing controls,
- thermal motor protectors (excluding hermetic thermal motor protectors),
- AC switches rated at:
- 6 A and more at 250 V AC and more, or
- 12 A and more at 125 V AC and more,
- DC switches rated at 20 A and more at 18 V DC and more, and
- switches for use at voltage supply frequency ≥ 200 Hz.
SMC recognises that the conservation of the earth's environment is one of the most important challenges facing the human race and that our contribution is to develop and supply environmentally-friendly products.
This commitment is translated into the following seven principles:
The above shows our interpretation based on legal regulations as of June 2021.
Customers purchasing SMC products for use in RoHS-compliant equipment should study the Directive to understand their legal obligations.