NTIs WEEE / RoHS Directive Statement

The development of new environmental legislation such as the WEEE/RoHS directives has raised many concerns, especially with respect to the fact that lead will effectively be prohibited in most electronics put on sale in the European market from July 2006.

  • These directives affect the Printed Circuit Board Manufacturing and Assembly Industries doing business in the European Union in several ways.
    • By July 1 st, 2006, all electrical and electronic equipment “put on the marketplace” may not contain Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominatedbiphenyls (PBB’s) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE’s) in amounts exceeding the set maximum concentration values (MCV’s).
    • For all electrical and electronic equipment put on the marketplace before AUGUST 13 th, 2005, the costs of waste management are to be shared by all the producers in existence at the time those costs are incurred.
  • Information assisting companies to understand and achieve compliance can be found by visiting the following two (2) web sites. Copies of the actual Directives can be downloaded from 2.a.