Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS)


The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHs) Directive is EU legislation restricting the use of six specific hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment in order to prevent their release into the environment both during their use and at the ‘end of life’. 

Many medical devices fall within the scope of the Directive, e.g. blood bag warmers, infusion pumps and baby incubators. This legislation may require some redesign of devices and a system to ensure that purchased components are compliant.