From RoHS to JIG - Norway to Prohibit 18 Hazardous Substances

From RoHS to JIG - Norway to Prohibit 18 Hazardous Substances

Electronic Supply & Manufacturing
Tzvi Levinson, Gil Dror and Julia Lietzmann Adv. November 2007

There are six hazardous substances that the electronics industry has been struggling to phase-out for a couple of years now: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and the flame retardants polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). This is per the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricted the use of the substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) to certain maximum concentration values (MCV) in homogeneous material (0.01 % by weight for cadmium and 0.1% by weight for the other five substances).

Other jurisdictions followed or are following the European Community's example, e.g. California (except for the flame retardants), Korea and China. Most recently, Norway created a proposal for new regulations restricting the use of not less than 18 substances in consumer goods. This article discusses the new Norwegian draft regulations and what it means for electronics manufacturers, and not only for those who export to Norway.