Q: What is RoHS?
A: The European Union (EU) directive on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances. This directive bans the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic equipment products.

Q: How will RoHS compliant parts be identified?
A: Some manufacturers have changed their part numbers or added a symbol to signify RoHS compliancy. Digi-Key will print the RoHS status on each part label and invoice as long as the manufacturer has provided this information to us.

Q: What are the substances referred to in the RoHS directive?
A: Cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI)), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and lead (Pb).

Q: Does the RoHS directive apply to batteries?
A: While the directive applies to electrical and electronic equipment, it does not currently apply to batteries. However, Digi-Key recognizes the effect that batteries may have on the environment and provides a means for our US and Canadian customers to obtain more information on recycling their Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), and Small Sealed Lead (weighing less than 2 lbs./1 kg) rechargeable batteries. Please visit the RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) Web site at

Q: Does a product's packaging have to comply with RoHS regulations?
A: Any packaging that is discarded following the purchase of the product is not considered part of the electrical or electronic equipment and therefore, does not fall within the scope of RoHS regulations. Digi-Key uses Geämi, a 100% recyclable protective packaging product. Please carefully look through the packaging material for product before placing both the outer and inner tissue in your newspaper bin for recycling. The compliance of a case or packaging that forms part of or remains with the product until it is disposed of may need to comply.

Q: Does the RoHS directive include all electronic products?
A: No. Categories specifically excluded from the directive include aerospace, military, medical, and monitoring and control.

Q: What are RoHS exemptions?
A: Exemptions have been generated when there is no current alternative to the use of the banned material. Exemptions are listed on page 5 of the EU directive.
RoHS Directive 2002-95-EC
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Q: Can RoHS compliant components still contain lead?
A: Yes. In general, lead is still allowed in products covered by the directive as long as its concentration is below 0.1% by weight in "homogeneous material." There are also exemptions that allow higher levels of lead in particular components when there are no alternatives.

Q: My company is located in the United States. Does RoHS affect me?
A: If you market your product in the European Union or if you sell parts or materials to other companies who in turn sell their products in the European Union, your products are most likely subject to the RoHS directive.

Q: What does WEEE stand for?
A: Waste electrical and electronic equipment. The purpose of the WEEE directive is the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment and the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes as so to reduce the disposal of waste. Pages 10 ' 13 of the WEEE directive list specific products that are subject to the directive.
WEEE Directive 2002-96-EC

Q: How are the WEEE and RoHS directives related?
A: The WEEE directive is aimed at the recycling and reuse of electrical and electronic equipment while the RoHS directive is aimed to reduce the hazardous materials that are found in electronic components.

Q: Are there any benefits to these directives?
A: The extraction of such raw materials and their eventual disposal can cause damage to both the environment in the way of pollution and human health due to occupational exposure and exposure following disposal. The removal of these materials will reduce risk of exposure, particularly for children, pregnant women and elderly people.

RoHS compliant information supplied by Digi-Key is based solely on information provided to Digi-Key by the manufacturer.
Digi-Key is not responsible for the accuracy of this information.

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