Edmund Optics® strives not just to meet, but exceed, all applicable environmental regulations and laws where we do business and being RoHS compliant is a part of that. RoHS Directive Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Recast or "RoHS 2" was adopted June 8, 2011, and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on July 1, 2011, thereby establishing its effective dates. It repeals the original RoHS Directive, which has regulated hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) since June 2006.
The RoHS directive regulates the use of six hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and the flame retardants: PBDE – polybrominated diphenyl ether and PBB – polybrominated biphenyl) in electrical and electronic products and restricts them from being sold on the European Union market.
The RoHS directive under the Recast now includes a CE-marking directive. This means if an electrical/electronic product, device or equipment has the CE mark, it is also RoHS compliant. The impact of the RoHS directive can be seen around the world. Most product manufacturers, importers, and exporters, as well as consumers, require the products they purchase to meet this directive or use an exemption that allows the product to be sold in the EU marketplace.
What happens if my product contains one of these six hazardous materials?
A product that exceeds the maximum levels allowed by the directive cannot be sold in the European Union after July 1, 2006. Remember that many other countries have developed their own version of RoHS and other initiatives to restrict substances that may be hazardous.
Will the products I buy from Edmund Optics® comply with the RoHS Directive?
As a manufacturer and supplier of a diverse range of products, EO continuously reviews our product offering with product designers and suppliers to improve our product lines and meet RoHS requirements whenever possible. Due to the complex nature of optics, many optical components must include the use of restricted substances to maintain the effective refractive index, partial dispersion, and UV transmittance for various technical applications. These products that contain these substances utilize exemptions, which are reviewed on a regular basis by the appropriate regulating body. We may find that an exemption has not been renewed or it has expired. We will do our due diligence in ensuring that the website and all documentation is updated at our earliest opportunity should this occur.
What changes occurred with RoHS 2 that impact Edmund Optics® product lines?
Exemption Expirations: There is now an expiration on the exemptions used on some of our products. These exemptions may be renewed by the EU Commission no earlier than 6 months before the expiration.
CE Mark: Required for electronics that EO will import into the European Union directly. This does not impact our optical materials and products that are not considered electronics. If an item that you wish to purchase is not RoHS compliant, please contact one of our Product Support Specialists who can assist you in obtaining a RoHS compliant product for your application needs. To learn the current status of specific stock numbers and print a certificate for compliant stock numbers, use our RoHS Lookup Tool.
Another regulation we are continually working to comply with is REACH- Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH aims to protect both human health and the environment from the risks chemicals present. As the list of chemicals is updated several times a year, Edmund Optics® is maintaining a database to continually work to meet this regulation.