RoHS & WEEE DIRECTIVES

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC

The RoHS directive of 2002 became effective on July 1, 2006 and as amended by Commission Decision 2005/618/EC this prohibits the presence in "electrical and electronic equipment," of the six substances listed in the table below.

Substance Maximum Composition (by weight)
Lead * 0.1%
Mercury 0.1%
Cadmium 0.1%
Hexavalent Chromium 0.1%
Polybrominated Biphenyls 0.1%
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers 0.1%

* As an alloy element in steel containing up to 0.35% by weight, in aluminium alloy containing up to 0.4% by weight and in copper alloy containing up to 4% by weight, lead is permitted under an exemption detailed in Commission Decision 2005/618/EC. Although cable glands are incorporated into the electrical systems, they are not considered to come within the scope of this directive, as they are mechanical cable handling devices designed only to seal and terminate the metallic cable armour. Nevertheless CMP Products is able to confirm that its range of cable gland products would comply with the requirements of this directive if it did fall under its scope.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC

The WEEE directive was also enacted in 2002 and became effective on August 13, 2005. The directive applies to equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and also to equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 V for alternating current and 1500V for direct current.

As such cable glands by design and function do not fall under the scope of this directive, because they are a passive element in the electrical circuit and do not rely upon a source of electrical current or electromagnetic fields in order to function.

CMP Products, being a world leading manufacturer of cable glands and consistent with its legal and moral responsibilities, has reviewed its extensive range of cable glands to verify that its full product portfolio is outside of the scope of this directive.