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February 06, 2013

ROHS Directive (2002/95/EC)

To WECO´s Customers,

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive was established by the European Union (E.U.). It affects manufacturers, sellers, distributors and recyclers of electrical and electronic equipment containing lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chrome, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). After July 1, 2006 the use of these materials has been banned in new products sold in Europe; however each E.U. member country has applied its own laws in regards to the directives.

All WECO products are complying with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.

Complying with original European Directive 2002/95/EC as well as RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, also known as RoHS2.


RoHS 2 deals with the same six hazardous substances and the same maximum concentration limits as RoHS 1:lead (0.1%), mercury (0.1%), cadmium (0.01%), hexavalent chromium (0.1%), polybrominated biphenyls [PBB](0.1%), polybrominated diphenyl ethers [PBDE] (0.1%). Lead (Pb) contained does not exceed the exemption no.6  which allows lead (Pb) as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0.35% lead (Pb) by weight, aluminium containing up to 0.4% lead (Pb) by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4% lead (Pb) by weight.


RoHS2 is a CE Marking Directive, it is required that a CE marking and a declaration of conformity (DoC) is available for finished electrical and electronic equipment. Components are not considered equipment. Therefore, CE markings and DoC are not required for WECO Electrical Connectors products.

By eliminating these substances from new equipment the RoHS directive complements the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC. The WEEE directive includes substances most of which are not used in electrical connectors.

WECO has a four-pronged approach to identify if a product is RoHS compliant

An email by your WECO Internal Sales or Customer Service Representative.

A Certificate of Compliance by WECO´s Quality Manager or Testing Engineer.

The WECO product label has a RoHS/WEEE/Pb-free logo.

The product specification pages can has the RoHS/WEEE/Pb-free logo. 

RPFOS 2006/122/EC

Reflow soldered and wave soldered goods may be exposed to higher short term processing temperatures in some lead-free (for example the Sn, Ag & Cu) soldering processes. This is especially important for reflow product. Temperature issues do not affect panel, chassis and rail-mounted devices that do not undergo soldering. WECO´s RoHS products are backwards compatible with the tin/lead (Sn/Pb) soldering processes. They will not contaminate the process nor weaken the solder joints in any way. WECO has an active RoHS implementation committee. Its members include Quality, Reliability, Manufacturing, Sales, Engineering, Planning and Procurement Management. The Restriction on Perflouroctane Sulfonates banning perflouroctane sulfonates (PFOS) equal or above 0.005% concentration as a preparation, 0.1 % homogenous in semi-finished or 1 um per square meter of the coated material is also met.

Thank you for your continued interest in WECO’s products and for your business.

Dubravka Kusmic P. Eng.

Quality Manager

February 6th 2013


WECO Electrical Connectors Inc.
18050 Trans-Canada Highway, Kirkland, QC Canada H9J 4A1
Tel.: 1.514.694.9136 fax.: 1.514.694.0956
Toll free.: 1.800.724.2928 (US and CAnada only)