The first European RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC forbade with effect from the 01 July 2006 the use of six substances classified as hazardous in electrical and electronic equipment.
On 01 July 2011 Directive RoHS 2011/65/EU – also known as RoHS II or RoHS 2 – which extends the scope of the old Directive came into force.
The original RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC was accordingly abrogated. The following substances may not be used any more in production:
- lead (Pb)
- mercury (Hg)
- cadmium (CD)
- hexavalent chromium (CR [VI])
- polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)