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RoHS Compliance - Is the Global Electronics Industry Ready?

By Marieke Head and Hallur Hróarsson


RoHS is an EU directive that was proposed along with the WEEE Directive in 2002 as a part of a plan to promote extended producer responsibility within the electronics industry. Together, these two directives seek to make electrical and electronic equipment easier to manage both in terms of environmental impacts and recycling. The RoHS Directive seeks to remove lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium and two brominated flame retardants from all consumer electrical equipment. This paper deals with why those chemicals are chosen and how substitutions can be developed. Furthermore, effects of these substitutions are discussed. Basic conclusions are that disruptions to common industry practice lead a greater centralized control of the supply chain. However, this development can be countered by efficient use of standards to align production. Pending on the plausible outcome of RoHS, similar regulations may develop in the future

Topics: RoHS, electronics, extended producer responsibility, industry, standardization, substitution
Year: 2006
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