In the future, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), consisting of a common market and customs union of Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Russia, and Belarus, wants to keep hazardous substances out of electric and electronic devices. As part of that goal, the EEU has aligned its applicable regulations with the European Union’s RoHS II Directive. The new regulation has been in force since March of this year. The EEU has issued a press release (only in Russian) on the modifications made to the law.
With the new law, the EEU limits to 0.1% by weight the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in electric and electronic devices as well as their components.
The regulation applies to household items, IT and telecommunications services, lighting systems, electric tools, sport and leisure equipment, and vending machines. The regulations do not apply to electric toys, solar modules, photovoltaic installations, many land-based and orbiting products, medical devices, and electric batteries.
EU Directive 2011/65 (RoHS II) has been in force in the EU since January 2013. The Directive was transformed into applicable German law in May 2013 as the Ordinance on Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte-Stoff-Verordnung: ElektroStoffV – only in German). Both regulations (ElektroStoffV and EU Directive 2011/65) must be read together because ElektroStoffV does not implement all parts of EU Directive 2011/65.
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