RoHS Compliance Testing

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act

The European directives RoHS (Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) have been implemented in Germany under the electrical and electronic equipment regulations (Gesetz über das Inverkehrbringen, die Rücknahme und die umweltverträgliche Entsorgung von Elektro- und Elektronikgeräten, or ElektroG). The purpose of this law is to restrict environmentally hazardous substances in response to the continued problem of huge amounts of toxic e-waste. The act restricts the use of various hazardous substances, such as lead or cadmium. At TÜV Rheinland, we assist manufacturers and importers through routine compliance tests that are both reliable and cost-effective.

Benefits at a Glance

TÜV Rheinland's tests for RoHS compliance enable you to:

  • Show that your products conform to electrical and electronic equipment regulations
  • Improve your market opportunities through certified quality
  • Benefit from services from a single source

Testing for Harmful Substances

Our experts can test your products and materials for RoHS compliance through a combination of x-ray fluorescence screening and standard methods for precise quantitative analysis.

Threshold Limits

The maximum permitted concentrations defined by RoHS apply to each individual homogenous material in a product. The following concentrations of harmful substances cannot be exceeded:

  • Lead: 0.1%
  • Cadmium: 0.01%
  • Mercury: 0.1%
  • Hexavalent chromium: 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB): 0.1%
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE): 0.1%

Brief Assessments for Exemption Certificates

The law already includes several exemptions for specific product groups and certain uses of materials and components. Additional exemptions also apply at EU legislative level. We can offer brief assessments to determine whether these exemptions apply to your product.

Legal Standards

  • German electrical and electronic equipment regulations (ElektroG):
    Act governing the Sale, Return, and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, RoHS
  • Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)