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The time is now to go lead-free

Medical electronics products have been exempt from the European Union’s (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive since it went into effect July 1, 2006. However, compliance is right around the corner because medical electronics are expected to be included in the directive’s next revision scheduled for about 2010.

Today, RoHS and ‘lead free’ are synonymous, but the directive also covers cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, and flame retardants used in new electronic and electrical equipment sold in EU countries.

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