The Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) - Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

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The purpose of this page is to provide IDEA Membership a “one stop” location to find information about the RoHS, or as it is commonly referred to as, “The Lead-Free” initiative.

About RoHS

In February of 2003, the European Union published The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.  The requirements contained within the directive went into effect on July 1, 2006.  The directive names several substances that are considered hazardous; however, the one that impacts the industry most is the substance lead (Pb).  As a result, the term “lead-free” is often used when referring to the directive.

Article 6 of the original directive stipulates that RoHS undergo regular review. In December 2008, the European Commission announced the findings of its initial review as well as the proposed revisions it suggests to improve the existing version of RoHS. More information and resources will be posted as they become available.

Directive 2002/95/EC – Read it first hand!  Only five short pages long, a PDF of the Restriction of Hazardous Substance in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.

Summary of Proposed Revisions – This PDF document provides an excellent overview of the proposed changes recommended by the European Commission based upon the findings of its initial review of RoHS.

Electronics Design World Legislation Center - This comprehensive resource provided by Newark contains current news and information regarding RoHS and WEEE regulations, China RoHS, U.S. and Canada Green Laws, and more.

Dionics website – This is an excellent site for describing and interpreting the language of the RoHS directive and much more.

NEDA website – NEDA has performed an excellent job in writing a “DISTRIBUTORS’ POSITION PAPER ON LEAD FREE PRODUCT TRANSITION AND RoHS COMPLIANCE”, complete with a worksheet for manufacturers to use to provide status of their transition plans.  THIS IS A MUST READ SITE!

ARROW website – Contains Arrow’s Manufacturers' Policy & Product on lead-free, as well as links to RoHS and WEEE.

AVNET website – Contains Avnet’s Manufacturers’ Policy & Product on lead-free.

TTI website – Contains Manufacturers' Policy & Product on lead-free

Future Electronics website – Provides basic Q & A.

JEDEC website – From this link you can download free the JESD97 - Marking, Symbols, and Labels for Identification of Lead (Pb) Free Assemblies, Components, and Devices

DesignChain Associates – An informative site for introducing Directive 2002/95/EC.

NetRegs - The NetRegs website is free to use and is regularly updated. Its aim is to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK to understand the complex environmental regulations that can affect them. The site provides guidance on how to comply with environmental law as well as advice on good environmental practice.

Technical Considerations

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Excellent technical information for understanding “tin whiskers which are an effect of tin solder joints, due to the absence of lead.

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