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RoHS (Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances) sometimes referred to but incorrectly as the "lead-free" legislation refers to six substances
Hexavalent Chromium

To comply with the European ROHS legislation these substances must either be removed, or must be reduced to within maximum permitted concentrations, in any products containing electrical or electronic components that will be sold within the European Union.
We at Electron Electronics support the objectives of the directive. As a distributor of electronic components, we are not involved in the design or manufacture of the products we sell. However as a supplier to manufacturers we are part of the chain and are working to ensure compliance.
As we receive compliant products we will indicate on our website that the product is compliant by *RoHS* after the product description.
Download our current database of compliant products here
The implementation date for this legislation is June 2006
For failure to comply it is proposed that the maximum penalty for being in breach of the regulations is 3 months in prison and a £5000 fine. (Once they are introduced into the legal system)
It has been announced that RoHs legislation enforcement in the UK will be handled by the National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) based in Teddington, London. Website 
Educational establishments are not affected by the legislation as they do not offer products for sale


WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) legislation
The implementation date for this legislation is August 2005