This is actually quite a rare FAQ but it's one that is quite important to those who ask it so we're answering it here.
The short and simple answer is YES: all of our label products are fully RoHS compliant. Of course, if you prefer the longer answer, then please read on for more information.
What does RoHS stand for?
By itself RoHS stands for “the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances” but its full title is:
“The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Directive (2011/65/EU).”
What is the RoHS?
The RoHS Directive is a piece of EU legislation that restricts the amount of six specific hazardous substances that can be used in the manufacture of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). These substances are: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), and Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE), which are both flame retardants.
Any EEE that contains more than the agreed levels of these six substances cannot be placed on the EU market. The directive applies to manufacturers, authorised representatives, importers, and distributors of EEE.
Labels aren’t EEE products, so why do you need to state that you are RoHS compliant?
Labels in themselves are not EEE nor – although they may be stuck onto EEE – are they considered to be a “homogeneous” part of EEE because they can be removed, which means that that are not an integral (and permanent) part of the product and are therefore not subject to the RoHS Directive.
However, we know that there are companies who want to make sure that ALL of the elements associated or supplied with their products are also compliant with the RoHS directive – which would include any labels that they apply to their products.
This is why we have taken the steps to confirm that all of our label products are compliant with the RoHS directive and can therefore be used on Electrical and Electronic Equipment.