Time to transition to lead-free contacts

May 24, 2021 // By Achim Engel
Time to transition to lead-free contacts
Achim Engel, a business development manager at Würth Elektronik, considers the status of exemptions that allow the continued use of lead in electronic contacts. He urges companies to manage their transition to lead-free ahead of a complete ban on lead.

Those with limited knowledge of the details of the RoHS, REACH and ELV regulations (Restriction of Hazardous Substances, Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals and End of Life Vehicles) may not immediately recognise the importance of a lead-free product range.

As a result of exemptions in environmental regulations, lead is still permitted as a material in a number of applications. But with its lead-free product range, Würth Elektronik ICS shows that this transitional solution does not need to be exploited to the bitter end.

This is the current situation:

The REACH Regulation (EC 1907/2006) regulates the manufacture, placing on the market and use of chemical substances. Here, lead is considered to be a Substance of Very High Concern and is subject to documentation requirements. Since the beginning of 2021, product sellers have been obliged to register in the SCIP database (Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)) in addition to the IMDS (part number, designation, proportion of SVHC substance) in the automotive sector.

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