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What is the difference between Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS) and Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2 or RoHS recast)? RoHS logo

Directive 2002/95/EC was issued in 2002 by the European Commission to reduce or eliminate hazardous materials in products worldwide.  Macromatic complied with the Directive by switching to a lead-free solder process and purchasing RoHS compliant components parts.

In July 2011, the Recast RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU was published by the European Commission.  The scope of RoHS was expanded with this Directive to all electrical and electronic equipment, cables and spare parts with full compliance required by 22nd July 2019 or sooner depending on product category.  The most notable change is that now RoHS compliance is an integral part of the requirement for CE-marking of products.  All manufacturers of electrical/electronic products, devices or equipment must comply with the latest RoHS Directive before the CE mark can be placed on their products.  Other markings for RoHS compliance are no longer required as the CE mark now includes RoHS compliance.