Chemical analyses for conformity to RoHS directives

The European market is subject to different directives which regulate the characteristics of products, processes or production methods. Some of them are more specific and refer to the presence of restricted chemical substances in products based on the hazard they pose to consumer health and to the environment after their disposal.

Directive 2002/95/EC issued by the Parliament and Council of the European Union is known as RoHS (Restrictions of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances). It deals with restrictions to the use of dangerous substances in electric and electronic products and equipment traded in the EU member-states, prohibiting entry of new products to the market if they contain lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE).

IPT has the necessary laboratory infrastructure to verify the conformity of products and materials (such as plastics, rubber, solders, paints, steel, copper, nickel and zinc alloys, etc.) to RoHS Directive, using techniques such as X-ray fluorescent spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GS-MS) and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The Institute operates the first and only laboratory in Brazil that can perform all of the analyses of RoHS Directive and has already examined over 5000 samples.

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