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February 4, 2007, 10:00 pm
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AFAIK RoHS only applies to Europe, of course manufacturers in other
countries wishing to export to Europe must comply with the directive.
Within Europe there are a number of exemptions because the inherently
unreliable nature of lead free solder would be directly life threatening in
some applications, such as military, aerospace, medical and automotive (not
including in car entertainment). It is also permitted to repair equipment
originally manufactured with 60/40 using the same solder.
Hobby use is unaffected provided the finished article doesn't change hands
to anyone within the EU.
On Mon, 5 Feb 2007 13:05:08 +0900, "Alan Rutlidge"
The same people who police compliance with the AustNZ standard for radio
equipment imports - no-one. That area was left to industry self-regulation,
with importer-resellers to have to vouch for the compliance of the goods they
Of course, individuals buying through ebay defeat the system in both cases, as
is evidenced by the huuuuge amount of chinois shite that is listed daily on
** RoHS requirements have no legal basis here - so no need to use lead
free in repairs exists.
Normal soldering equipment works fine as the temp difference is fairly
Even DSE has been selling Lead Free solder for many ears - if you want to
The official line is that you shouldn't mix the different solder
compositions, but the Japs started producing RoHs compliant gear long before
Europe made it law, at the time I was involved in TV servicing and a common
symptom of RoHS compliance was numerous dry joints that caused weird faults
which defied all attempts at logical diagnosis! In most cases resoldering
practically every joint on the board would cure the fault as if by magic -
of course I used ordinary 60/40, this didn't result in any subsequent
problems that I ever heard about.
OTOH if any items of equipment were to be returned to Europe for end of life
disposal this would technically be a violation of the directive - but how
would anyone ever know?!
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