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RoHS Directive (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS)) refers to the Directive 2011/65/EU, which was published in 2011 by the European Union (EU), aiming to limit the amount of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and hence reduce the risks to human health and to the environment during waste disposal and recycling process.

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Realizing the toxicity of potential chemicals in EEE, a lot of countries are joining the effort to implement regulations similar to RoHS. Table 1 shows common restricted substances in worldwide RoHS-like regulations.

With continuous growth of worldwide trading business and more RoHS-like regulations coming effective in different countries, SGS is pleased to offer our RoHS International Type Approval (ITA) Service, covering all major markets. With our integrated RoHS ITA Service, SGS could provide a one-stop all-inclusive testing services to demonstrate compliance against RoHS regulations of global markets. SGS’s extensive global network could offer strong technical support and effective customer service from our local experts reducing your time and efforts on administrative and project management activities regarding global compliance, and thus enhance product acceptance in the global market.

Table 1. Common Restricted Substances in Worldwide RoHS-like Regulations

Restricted Substances  Permissible Limit 
Mercury  0.1%
Cadmium  0.01%
Lead  0.1% 
Chromium VI  0.1% 
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)  0.1% 
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)  0.1% 
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)  0.1% 
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)  0.1% 
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)  0.1% 
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)  0.1% 

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