On July 1, 2006, the European Union (EU) Member States had to ensure that new electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the market did not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) as per the original RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive (2002/95/EC). Under this directive, exemptions were allowed to be used with some specific conditions.
On June 8, 2011, the EU released the recast of the RoHS directive (2011/65/EU, RoHS 2). Under this revision, the RoHS directive is considered a CE Marking directive. Additionally, some exemptions were discontinued and considered expired as of January 2, 2013.
On January 2, 2013, the EU Member States had to adopt and publish the laws and administrative provisions necessary to comply with the RoHS 2 directive.
As a result, Kontron has taken the appropriate measures to meet the requirements of the RoHS 2 directive and to maintain the availability of RoHS compliant product to its customers where applicable.
As of today, all active exemptions used by Kontron in its RoHS compliant products are under review by the European Commission (EC) for renewal. It is possible that some of these exemptions might expire, be re-scoped, or re-convened.
Kontron has taken the expiration of active RoHS 2 exemptions very seriously. Therefore, Kontron is concentrating its efforts to ensure that all our RoHS products remain compliant before any of the legal expiration dates. The current expiration of RoHS 2 exemptions impacts only products falling into categories 1 to 7 and 10 of Annex I of the RoHS 2 directive. Products that are excluded from the scope of RoHS 2 via article 2(4) are also not impacted by the expiration of exemptions. Please consult the official RoHS 2 directive for more details:
If your end user application falls into one of the RoHS 2 directive exemptions, or has later exemption expiration dates, you should contact Kontron’s sales team for further contractual agreement discussions to authorize the delivery of products with RoHS 2 exemptions beyond the expiration date.
Starting January 2, 2013, new EEE entering the market containing more than the permitted levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE was banned with the exception of some exemptions that are still valid.
With the RoHS 2 directive, some product categories that were originally exempted from the directive must be compliant. Please refer to Annex I for the list of EEE categories covered by the RoHS 2 directive and to Article 5(2) for details on exemptions expiration dates for those categories.
Each and every company is responsible for the compliance with applicable laws and legislation
s. Kontron is responsible for compliance for the products it ships, not for how they are used once its customers take possession.
Kontron is committed to providing its customers the most current information related to the elimination of hazardous materials from the components it uses. Kontron's broad supply base, covering the spectrum of electronic and mechanical components, assemblies and processes, gives Kontron the ability to spot trends early and at the same time identify the unique solutions each component manufacturer adopts. Beyond providing information, Kontron Management is committed to action. Therefore various activities were initiated in order to adopt and prepare the internal processes, including those related to its extended supply chain, for the transition to RoHS 2 compliant products where applicable.
Kontron has concentrated its efforts worldwide on various issues to be ready for the transition to RoHS 2 compliant products, where applicable, before the confirmed legal expiration dates. It is Kontron’s goal to conscientiously verify and validate all necessary changes before claiming RoHS 2 compliance for our products.
Kontron will update individual product’s status as the information is collected, indicating the current and future product specific RoHS 2 compliance status, as the confirmed expiration dates come into effect. Based on this most up to date information, our customers have the ability to contact Kontron to check the RoHS 2 status and availability of any product.
Each electronic components manufacturer has a unique set of circumstances to consider when they eliminate expiring exemptions from the products they offer. For the impacted manufacturers, lots of conversion activities are necessary to become RoHS 2 directive compliant. In general, most manufacturers have offered RoHS 2 compliant products since Q2-2012 and are expected to continue in regards to the new confirmed expiration date of the different exemptions.
Upon request, Kontron will provide customers information on RoHS 2 product availability.
For products that need to be CE marked under the RoHS 2 directive, the CE Marking Regulation 765/2008/EC will be followed. As per the CE Marking Regulation:
“The CE marking shall be the only marking which attests the conformity of the product with the applicable requirements of the relevant Community harmonisation legislation providing for its affixing.”
“The affixing to a product of markings, signs or inscriptions which are likely to mislead third parties regarding the meaning or form of the CE marking shall be prohibited. Any other marking may be affixed to the product provided that the visibility, legibility and meaning of the CE marking is not thereby impaired.”
Kontron will ensure that applicable products are marked as per the CE Marking Regulation.