This Directive concerns the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment to be placed on the EU market.
The RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) was put into force in July 2006, and revised to 2011/65/EU (RoHS2) in July 1, 2011.
●Scope of application : Products containing electrical and electronic equipment to be placed on the EU market
[May be exempted from the application depending on the purpose of use.]
●Time of restriction: The RoHS Directive classifies products containing electrical and electronic equipment into 11
The date when application starts is specified for each category.
|Category (Annex I )||Date when
|1||Large household appliances||2006/7/1||Refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners, dish washers, etc.|
|2||Small household appliances||Vacuum cleaners, toasters, clocks, automatic toothbrushes, etc.|
|3||IT and telecommunications equipment||Personal computers, printers, mobile phones, etc.|
|4||Consumer equipment||Radios, televisions, videos, musical instruments, etc.|
|5||Lighting equipment||Fluorescent lamps, electric-discharge lamps, high-pressure sodium lamps, etc.|
|6||Electrical and electronic tools||Drills, saws, sewing machines, lathes, drilling machines, etc.|
|7||Toys, leisure and sports equipment||Video game instruments, sports instruments containing electrical and / or electronic components|
|8||Medical devices||Medical devices||2014/7/22||Medical devices
(from July 22, 2016 for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices)
SMC products: “Thermo-con” HRC Series (from July 2014)
|2014/7/22||Monitoring and control instruments including those for industrial use|
|Industrial monitoring /
|10||Automatic vending machines||2006/7/1||Automatic beverage vending machines, automatic food vending machines, automatic cash dispenser, etc.|
|11||Other electrical and electronic equipment not within the above categories||2019/7/22||Products other than the above not subject to exemptions|
●RoHS Directive criteria (certain hazardous substances and their criteria)
Certain hazardous substances of the following six substance groups are subject to the restriction. Numerical values are the criteria (rate of content in the homogeneous material in ppm)
Lead: 1000 ppm or less
Mercury: 1000 ppm or less
Cadmium: 100 ppm or less
Hexavalent chromium: 1000 ppm or less
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs): 1000 ppm or less
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs): 1000 ppm or less
Note: Applications/materials for which providing a substitute is technologically difficult are described as RoHS exemptions (RoHS Annex III and IV), and can be used continuously.
Note: The restriction of the use of certain phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, and DIBP) specified as additional chemical substances will start to apply on July 22, 2021 for products in categories 8 and 9, and on July 22, 2019 for products in other categories.
|SMC's approach to RoHS Directive
SMC's approach to RoHS Directive
●Applicable SMC products are generally classified as Category 9 - Industrial monitoring instruments
(from July 22, 2017).
(Some medical-related products are classified as Category 8.)
●When SMC products used in customers' equipment and these correspond to any category for which an application has started, SMC products (regardless of whether any electrical and/or electronic components are used) are also required to conform to the RoHS Directive (criteria). In response to environmental issues and customers' requirements, we have actively altered our products to make them RoHS compliant. We will ship our global products identifying whether they are RoHS compliant if requested by any customers.
＊Product series that are fully RoHS compliant are indicated in the catalogues by the “RoHS” symbol. However, to ensure you receive a RoHS compliant version of the product, please inform the sales staff when placing your order.
●Identification of RoHS compliant products
1. RoHS compliant products
1) RoHS compliant products are indicated by the symbol [G] on the product and packaging labels as shown in the following examples:
Identification symbol on the nameplate of RoHS compliant products
[G] is indicated on the nameplate of the RoHS compliant product.
Identification of RoHS green-compliant product
Small box (product or component)
2) Products containing electrical and/or electronic components will have a CE mark.
|Certificate of RoHS compliance
1) Products containing electrical and/or electronic components: Certified with the CE mark and issuance of the Declaration of Conformity.
2) Products not containing electrical and/or electronic components: SMC will issue the Non-use Guarantee upon
request. Please contact our sales staff or sales agency.
●Use of exempted applications/materials
Some substances restricted under RoHS are permitted to be used at greater concentrations in certain specific applications where no suitable alternative exists. These exemptions are gradually being revised and removed. Some exemptions applicable to SMC products are as follows:
Exempted applications/materials of SMC products.
Figures in brackets [ ] correspond to those in RoHS Annex III and IV.
- 【 7(c)-Ⅰ】: Electrical and electronic components containing lead in glass or ceramic parts, other than in dielectric ceramic in capacitors.
- 【 6(a)】: Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes up to 0.35% by weight.
- 【 6(c)】: Copper alloy (brass or phosphor bronze) containing lead up to 4% by weight.
- 【 6(b)】: Lead as an alloying element in aluminum containing up to 0.4% by weight.
- 【 7(a)】: Lead in high-melting-point solder (lead alloy with a lead content of 85% or more by weight).
- 【 9(b)】: Lead in the bearing shells and bushes for refrigerant-containing compressors for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) applications.
- 【 8(b)】: Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts.
The above shows our interpretation based on legal regulations as of August 2017.
Customers purchasing SMC products for use in RoHS-compliant equipment should study the Directive to understand their legal obligations.