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RoHS Compliance Statement

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive is European Union (EU) legislation that bans cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, PBBs (polybrominated biphenyls), and PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) from products in the EU from 1st July 2006. All our boards have been manufactured using RoHS compliant processes and components since November 2005. From July 1st 2006 all our products sold to customers in the EU have been RoHS compliant. Those sold outside the EU after July 1st 2006 were not completely RoHS compliant until early 2007. This applied mainly to enclosure connectors on NTSC units shipped to countries outside the EU.

You may still use tin lead solder on our boards without any special consideration. RoHS regulations do not apply to custom built equipment or to individual projects for your own use. Otherwise we recommend lead free solder with silver such as Antex Sn97Ag2.5Cu0.5 for making connections to our boards. The silver content lowers the melting point of the solder relative to the Sn/Cu alternative. This makes it more suitable for hand soldering.
 
The RoHS directive applies in the 25 member countries of the EU shown below. If you live in any of these countries then your purchases will have been RoHS compliant if you ordered after 1st July 2006.

 

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