Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances
Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS-2), former 2002/95/EC, lays down rules on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) with a view to contributing to the protection of human health and the environment, including the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste EEE. Products placed on the market on or after July 1, 2006 may not contain more than the specified limits of below listed restricted substances.
Restricted substances and maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials (as per Annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU):
- Lead (0.1%)
- Mercury (0.1%)
- Cadmium (0.01%)
- Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
(Applications exempted from the restrictions are listed in Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU)
Effective July 1, 2006, the Schaffner Group, as a global enterprise, has adopted the RoHS Directive by designing and manufacturing products in accordance with this legislation. We see the need for implementation and compliance as a key element of our business activity and, whenever possible, strive to achieve concentration levels below the maximum tolerances.
All RoHS-compliant products can be identified by the letter “R” as an integral part of the date code. The date code can be found on product and package labels e.g. yywwR (indicating a RoHS-compliant product in production lot yyww).
Schaffner uses the following label in documents and on its website to identify RoHS-compliant products:
Download the Schaffner RoHS Statement for standard products
EUR-Lex (Acces to European RoHS Directive)
China RoHS2.0 Compliance Statement
China RoHS-2 "Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products" has formally been enforced on July 1, 2016. The Regulation is relevant for the production, sales and importing of electrical & electronic products within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. Two points are relevant for Schaffner and their Customers.
Restricted substances and their limit requirement
Restricted substances as per China RoHS-2 Regulation are identical to the substances including their limits as described within Directive 2011/65/EU (refer to illustration above). The statements as outlined above are also valid for China RoHS-2.
"e" mark label requirement on the products
Chapter four of China official Standard SJ/T 11364-2014 “marking requirement for the restriction of the use of hazardous substance in electrical and electronic products” describes the marking of components as follows:
"for the auxiliary products purchased for supporting the manufacturing of the end products, the suppliers may not need to label the product they supply, but must provide all the materials information required for labeling"
Schaffner confirms that "e" marking is not a requirement for Schaffner as Schaffner is a supplier of components in the supply chain, and not an end-product manufacturer.