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[Regulatory Compliance] What are RoHS and WEEE, and how do those EU directives affect electronics products like Reply?

The European Union (EU) created environmental legislation in 2003 that restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electronic equipment. This legislation took effect in July 2006. This directive is known as Regulation of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). The list of hazardous substances affected by the legislation includes Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, and Chromium. These substances are presently found in the vast majority of printed circuit boards as well as components placed on them.

Additionally, the EU enacted recycling legislation known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) to both conserve landfill area and support more sustainable development by providing an impetus to increase recycling. WEEE registration started August 2005.

US environmental legislation has followed suit. Similar to the EU initiatives, legislation regarding hazardous substances in electronic equipment has already been enacted in more than twenty US states.

All electronics manufacturers who sell their products are affected by these regulations. To better serve our valued customers and prospects, Infowhyse became an early adopter of the RoHS and WEEE directives.

For more information about our compliance activities, please contact our Sales Department.

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