The European Union has enacted revised legislation in an effort to reduce the use of certain hazardous materials in products being sold in the EU. Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) allows a maximum concentration value for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE) and cadmium in electrical and electronic equipment supplied in the course of business for distribution, consumption or use in the EU.
Waters' products fall within Category 8 (“medical devices”) or Category 9 (“monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments”) of RoHS. Those Waters' products within Category 8 can more specifically be described as "in-vitro medical devices" (as defined in the Directive), whilst those within Category 9 can more specifically be described as "industrial monitoring and control instruments". RoHS will apply to in vitro diagnostic medical devices as of July 22, 2016 and to industrial monitoring and control instruments as of July 22, 2017, and to cables and spare parts for each as of the same dates.
Waters is working to bring all of our products into RoHS compliance in time for the deadlines referred to above. Waters is also working with our representatives, importers and distributors throughout the EU to ensure that they too comply with their obligations under the Directive
We will continue to monitor the applicability of this Directive as it affects our instruments to ensure continued compliance, and we will update this statement accordingly.