What is RoHS Compliance?

New Seagate drives are being described as "RoHS Compliant". What does this mean?

By July 2006, all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe must comply with the EU's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive mandating the reduction of six hazardous substances.

The ROHS directive is often referred to as “Lead-Free” legislation. This is not a very accurate nickname, because it extends to other pollutants as well. The proper name for ROHS is:

Directive 2002/95/EC
“The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”
And it applies to the following substances:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • PBB
  • PDBE

In order to comply with the EU ROHS legislation all of these substances must either be removed, or must be reduced to within maximum permitted concentrations, in any products containing electrical or electronic components that will be sold within the European Union.

Seagate has taken proactive steps in making all new products RoHS-compliant well in advance of the deadline.

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