RoHS is an EU directive aimed at reducing the risk to human health and the environment by removing mercury, cadmium, lead, hexavalent chromium and PBB and PBDE flame retardants from electrical and electronic equipment and replacing them with less hazardous alternatives or with alternative technologies. The list of prohibited substances will be expanded in 2014.
RoHS is short for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, which in turn is an abbreviation of Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
In 2013 the directive was transposed into Swedish law in the Ordinance (2012:861) concerning Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment and in the National Chemicals Inspectorate's Regulations (KIFS 2008:2) Concerning Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms.
From 2013, the CE marking will be used to show that a product is RoHS compliant.
The update to the RoHs Directive (known as RoHS2) means that the requirements will apply to metal cables <250 V (excluding optical cable) from 2017.
Cables from Nexans Sweden
All cables marketed by Nexans Sweden are RoHS compliant.