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What are products conforming to the European RoHS directive?

HAKKO products which conform to the European RoHS directive, put into effect on July 1, 2006, are indicated with the marking shown below on their web pages and packages.

* Products without this marking do not conform to the directive as of the end of November 2007, or are currently being studied for compliance.

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European RoHS Mark

1) The European RoHS directive is a regulation for hazardous substances which was put into effect in July 2006 by the European Union.

RoHS is an abbreviation of "restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment". It prohibits the inclusion of the specified hazardous substances of concentration higher than specified limits in electrical and electronic equipment. The following six substances are covered by the scope of the directive:

  • Pb (lead) 1000 ppm
  • Cd (cadmium) 100 ppm
  • Cr6+ (hexavalent chromium) 1000 ppm
  • Hg (mercury) 1000 ppm
  • PBB (polybrominated biphenyls) 1000ppm
  • PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) 1000ppm

2) RoHS-related FAQs

I found a product with both theEuropean RoHS Mark marking and Orange markingmarking (China RoHS) are attached. Isn't this contradictory?
No, it is not. This is caused by the differences between the European RoHS and China RoHS. The European RoHS directive specifies exemptions from directive and one of them is as follows:

・Lead used as an alloying element up to 0.35 wt% in steel alloys, 0.4 wt% in aluminum alloys or 4 wt% in copper alloys.

In HAKKO products, such an exemption applies to, for example,nuts used for soldering irons. These nuts are made of brass which inherently contains lead. The content of lead, however, is 4 wt% or less. Consequently, the product for which these nuts are used are considered to conform to the European RoHS directive.
On the contrary, the China RoHS中国RoHS does not specify exemptions. If a product contains any of the specified substances, the "Orange marking" Orange markingmust be indicated. As a result, some products have both the European RoHS marking and the orange China RoHS marking.
Do replacing parts and options comply with the marking of the main unit?
As for replacing parts and options, markings corresponding to the individual items are indicated separately on the labels, packages, and instruction manuals of the products. Accordingly, the marking of the replacing parts and options does NOT always comply with that of the main unit. (EX. The marking of the nut does not conform to that of the main unit.)