RoHS and WEEE

Quest Components, Inc. is aware of and active in the transition to lead free / RoHS compliant components. Quest is ready to assist our customers in the gathering of information on manufacturers, their websites and product specification sheets that may be useful to customers in determining component compliance. Contact a sales representative for more information on how we may assist you.

Directives

Due to the fact that small amounts of hazardous materials (contained in many electronic components and assemblies) are exposed to the environment upon disposal, the European Union has established directives to limit these hazardous materials.

RoHS Directive 2002-95-EC (pdf, 115KB)

Introduced by the European Union, this directive effects electronic product sold in Europe after July 1, 2006 The RoHS Directive (The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electronic Equipment) establishes limits of six hazardous materials to be found in electronic components, assemblies and products in an effort to minimize the risk and the impacts on the environment and human health.

The six hazardous substances are:

  1. lead (Pb)
  2. mercury (Hg)
  3. cadmium(Cd)
  4. hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI))
  5. polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
  6. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

WEEE Directive 2002-96-EC (pdf, 288KB)

Introduced by the European Union, this directive effects companies selling electronic products in Europe by August 13, 2005.

The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) addresses the recovery and recycling of end-of-life electronic products from private households. This directive places the responsibility for recycling the product on the producer of the product (whose name is on the product) in an effort to keep hazardous materials out of the landfills.

Additional countries and states (including California) have developed or are in the process of developing similar regulations. This would greatly effect the global distribution of electronic components and products.