Electronics Production | May 25, 2006

Watch out for bogus RoHS parts

The threat of counterfeit parts is not a new problem for electronics buyers, but it could take on a new wrinkle as the deadline for the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive approaches.
Buyers could soon see counterfeit RoHS parts hit the open market. These would be parts that are billed as RoHS compliant, but in fact are not. RoHS bans the use of lead and five other substances from being used in electronics equipment sold in Europe beginning in July.

Industry analysts and nonfranchised independent distributors say RoHS is creating confusion in the marketplace. Manufacturers are switching over to RoHS-compliant components and have different ways of identifying parts as compliant.

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