The Application Notebook-03-01-2006

On 13 February 2003 the European Union published the new regulation on electric and electronic waste, (WEEE, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) as well as the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electric and electronic equipment (RoHS). Thus both regulations became effective, and in January 2005 they were transferred into national law. According to RoHS, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium (VI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE) are forbidden from July 2006. Shimadzu, one of the leading manufacturers of analytical instrumentation offers the complete hardware and software for the secure identification of hazardous substances as well the know-how and competence.