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RoHS-like regulations worldwide

: Müller, J.; Griese, H.; Nissen, N.F.; Reichl, H.

Tele & Radio Research Institute, Warsaw:
Progress in Eco-Electronics
2008 (Monographs of the Tele & Radio Institute)
International Conference Ecology in Electronics; <5, 2008, Warsaw>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IZM ()

At the end of 2002 the well-known EU RoHS directive 2002/95/EC was adopted. This directive requires for a great number of electronic products - put on the EU market after July 2006 - to be free of certain hazardous substances. This EU directive is spreading to countries in the world including California, China and Korea and its effect is rapidly growing. But the RoHS-like regulations of singular countries are very different in their details and manufacturers as well as traders have to fulfill the special requirements related to the product scope, the entry dates and the special implementation procedures. The different regional necessities complicate already the worldwide exchange of goods, the communication in the international supply chains and increase the costs. Efforts to harmonize requirements as well as the ways of implementation will be essential in the near future. The paper will give an overview over the different regulations and first results of a harmonization of the differences.