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Q: What is RoHS and what products are affected?
A: Directive 2002/95/EC

"The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment."
And it applies to the following substances:
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • PBB
  • PDBE

In order to comply with the EU ROHS legislation all of these substances must either be removed, or must be reduced to within maximum permitted concentrations, in any products containing electrical or electronic components that will be sold within the European Union.
Q: What products are affected?
A: All electrical and electronic products are affected.

Q: What is the difference between lead-free and RoHS compliant?
A: While lead (Pb) is the most widely used toxic substance in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the term "lead-free" is often wrongly adopted to refer to all of the substances specified in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. However, RoHS restricts a total of six substances. To be truly compliant with this legislation, the presence of each of these substances must be reduced below their proposed maximum concentration values (MCV), or an applicable exemption taken. "RoHS-5" - refers to compliance on all RoHS restricted substances aside from lead (Pb) in solders. "RoHS-6" = RoHS-5 + Pb-free (removal of Pb from solder)

Q: What are the benefits of the RoHS Directive?
A: The extraction of these raw materials and their eventual disposal can cause damage to both the environment in terms of pollution, as well as to human health from occupational exposure and exposure following disposal. The removal of these materials from production will reduce the health risks of exposure.

Q: What is TERARANGE's approach to the RoHS issues?
A: Due to concerns about the environmental impact of hazardous substances used in electrical products, TERARANGE has implemented a transition to Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance. TERARANGE respects the global environment and is committed to environmentally responsible behavior so fully supports this reduction of toxic substances that could reach the environment when such equipment is disposed of in landfill sites.

Q: What is TERARANGE's verification standard for RoHS compliance?
A: TERARANGE follows the RoHS Directive (Directive 2002/95/EC) and considers a product to be RoHS-compliant if the maximum concentration value is up to 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, brominated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs), and is up to 0.01% by weight in homogeneous materials for cadmium, or if the appropriate exemption is taken as defined by the directive. Products sold into the European Union are either RoHS-5 or RoHS-6 compliant.

Q:What is TERARANGE's timetable for production of RoHS compliant products?
A: Many products were already compliant prior to the 7/1/06 deadline. European Union TERARANGE Partners may visit the TERARANGE Partner Extranet for additional details on RoHS compliant products.

Q: Is the RoHS legislation global?
A: While the current implementation deadlines are a result of the European Union legislation, the need to comply will evolve globally. This website will be updated as this occurs.

Q: My company is based in the USA. Does the European Union RoHS legislation affect us?
A: If you sell TERARANGE product to any European Union member country, yes, you will also be affected.

Q: How will TERARANGE identify European Union RoHS-compliant products?
A: All EU RoHS compliant products shipped from TERARANGE will have integrated into the serial number an identifier for RoHS compliance. A RoHS sticker will also be placed on the shipping box and product.

Q: How does TERARANGE verify the materials from its vendors and suppliers are European Union RoHS compliance?
A: To ensure RoHS-compliance of components, TERARANGE requests a RoHS-compliance declaration by the manufacturer.

Q: What is WEEE?
A: European Union Legislation covering the handling of Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment by the producer. In the EU the "producer" is responsible for handling the WEEE process. The consistent interpretation of the "producer" by EU member states has been the "importer of record" (VAT Registrant), and that party must register and make available arrangements for treatment, recovery & recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. Legislation became effective August 13, 2005. All EEE put on the market after that date have to be WEEE marked and arrangements made available for collection after the products end of life.

Q: Why is the WEEE Directive needed?
A: In Europe, over 90% of electrical and electronic equipment goes into landfill sites - around 6 million tons of waste every year. Emissions to the air that result are a risk to both health and the environment.

Q: Are the RoHS and WEEE directives related?
A: Yes, in the sense that the WEEE Directive aims to raise levels of recycling of WEEE and encourage products to be designed with dismantling and recycling in mind. A key part of this is to make importers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment into the EU responsible for meeting the costs of the collection, treatment and recovery of WEEE. If products are designed with this in mind, there is an opportunity to reduce these costs. The RoHS Directive fits into this by reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in products. This reduces the risks to recycling staff and means that less special handling is required, again leading to a reduction in recycling costs.

Q: Where can I find more information on RoHS and WEEE?
A: Please refer to the European Commission's Environmental webpage

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