RoHS Directive | RoHS Testing

RoHS is the acronym for the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic products. RoHS Directive covers a wide range of products, including not only integrated electrical and electronic products but also individual parts, raw materials and packing cases.

The EU RoHS Directive came into force in 2006 and is the first RoHS Directive. The EU RoHS restricts the use of six hazardous substances, including lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr(+6)) , Poly-brominated Bipheneyls (PPB) or Polybrominated Diohenyl Ethers (PBDE) in electrical and electronic products placed on the EU market.

EU RoHS is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods. It is also similar to the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) regulation, which prohibits the use of these 6 hazardous substances in vehicles sold after July 2003.

What is new?

A new European Union RoHS Directive (known as RoHS2) was adopted by the European Council on 27 May 2011. More info about RoHS2 can be found here.

Since 2006, many other countries have also formulated their own national RoHS regulations or directives in succession.

Country/Region Threshold Limit (mg/kg) Date of Entry Into Force




China RoHS

Pollution Control and Management Measures for Electronic and Information Products, Order 39


Japan RoHS

JIS C 0950


Korea RoHS

The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobile

Cd:    100
Cr6+:  1000
Pb:   1000
Hg:   1000
















Cd:    100
Cr6+:  1000
Pb:   1000
Hg:   1000

Note: For ELV(*), the limit for Pb in Steel and Aluminum is 4000 ppm

Our RoHS Testing Services

CIRS offers RoHS testing services to electrical and electronic industry in compliance with global RoHS directives (EU, US, China, Japan, etc).

Suppliers of electrical and electronic products or components not only need to comply with RoHS, but also need to comply with other regulations such as REACH. For more information about our one-stop testing solutions for electrical and electronic industry, please go to:

About Us

Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service(CIRS) is a leading provider of toxic and hazardous substances testing and chemical regulatory consulting services with a strong focus on chemical compliance.

CIRS's testing lab located in mainland China has acquired the qualifications of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) and CMA and follows the ISO/IEC 17025.


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