RoHS, or Restriction of Hazardous Substances, is a European Union based directive that mandates safe levels of select restricted materials found in various types of electronic and electrical equipment. With the implementation of RoHS new Policy Officer, Michele Canova, regulations surrounding the use of lead in these types of products are up for review this month, July 2016. The new compliance calls for servers, storage and storage array systems, electrical components, and other related products to become lead-free. It is argued that this is of high importance due to the hazard lead can cause to the environment including pollution of landfills and various health risks. These negative impacts of lead could be reduced should the new regulation be put in place.
This new component of the compliance will apply to businesses that sell applicable products directly to EU countries, or sells to re-sellers, distributors or integrators that in turn sell products to EU countries. Should the RoHS decide to ban the use of lead in these products, companies must look for alternatives in order to comply with the new laws and regulations. This will mean lead-free products. It is important for buyers and sellers of these types of products to be aware that this may cause major changes in the electronic and electrical market.
Scientific Alloys is fully aware of RoHS’ lead review this month and is prepared to supply lead-free products that will comply with the new regulations, should they be instated. The company plans to stay up-to-date as the review process progresses throughout the next few months and act accordingly once a decision is made.