As part of the proposed changes and additions to RoHS, the European Commission (EU) is considering including medical and control equipment into the scope of RoHS. Product categories 8 and 9, which include medical devices and monitoring and control equipment, were exempt in the original RoHS directive. The EU is considering bringing these products into the scope of RoHS in the not-too-distant future.
Category 8 and 9 producers are testing lead-free parts
According to an article in the UK-based ERA Technology, some manufacturers of products in categories 8 and 9 have already started testing the use of lead-free components. This isn’t surprising given the fact that leaded component are becoming more difficult to procure and many new components are not being designed or produced in a leaded version. Thus many leaded components are becoming obsolete.
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