On 1 July 2011, the European Commission (EC) published new RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU in the official Journal of the European Union. The directive shall enter into force on July 21st, 2011. Member States must transpose Directive 2011/65/EU into national law by 2nd January 2013. The old directive 2002/95/EC and its amendments is repealed with effect from 3rd January 2013.

The European Union has adopted a directive, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU which will restrict the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic products, including Lead (Pb), Mercury, Cadmium, hexavalent Chromium, and certain Halide-containing flame retardants. This directive applies to all electrical and electronic products, and their component parts, placed on the market after 1st July 2006.

Brother Internationale Industriemaschinen GmbH, is committed to compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including the restriction of hazardous substances in electronic products. The RoHS Directive specifies that an electronic product or component may not contain a listed substance except as specifically provided for in the directive.

Brother's aim has always been to comply with the RoHS Directive prior to the 1st July 2006 implementation date for all products. To this end, all production shipped from manufacturing plants from the end of January 2006 is compliant. Furthermore, many products have been compliant from first date of production, so if you require detail on any specific models, please let us know, and we will send confirmation of the current status. Brother has conducted extensive research on substitute materials to ensure that any alternatives used do not compromise product quality or safety.

Brother has been working closely with our supply chain partners and others in the industry, including material and component suppliers, to ensure every aspect of our business accommodates these new requirements.

If you have any questions on this directive, or need further details on Brother's actions to date, please contact us by email