Murata's Approach for EU RoHS

Murata is approaching all environmentally relevant laws in EU timely by our organized work for environmentally relevant substances. Of course, Murata supply the products that complied with EU RoHS (*1) to our customers.

*1 EU RoHS is "the European Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment" and its amendment directives.

The RoHS Directive prohibits the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB, PBDE, Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Butyl benzyl phthalate, Dibutyl phthalate and Diisobutyl phthalate in Electrical and Electronic Equipment except for Applications which are exempted from the requirements of Article 4 (1) of this Directive. Each maximum concentration for each substance is tolerated.

"EU RoHS compliance" means a status of compliance with the above restrictions.

EU Directive (Original)

Murata's Management System for EU RoHS Compliance

In 1996, Murata formulated the "Voluntary Regulation Program for Environmentally Hazardous Substances", to establish Murata's voluntary regulation standards. Since then, Murata has worked to reduce and eventually eliminate environmentally hazardous substances contained in our products, ahead of other manufacturers. Murata's voluntary regulation program also covers six substances designated under the RoHS Directive. Murata has undertaken measures to phase out RoHS-designated substances from an early stage before proclamation and enforcement of the former RoHS (2002/95/EC).

  1. Compliance measure to the former RoHS (2002/95/EC)
    As for mercury, cadmium, PBB and PBDE, Murata had already discontinued their use in Murata products in the 1990s. Furthermore, as for the use of hexavalent chromium used for the surface treatment and the use of lead in terminals and other component connections, Murata had already discontinued their use in Murata products by the end of 2004. Then Murata has prohibited new application of these substances and uses.
  2. Compliance measure to the RoHS recast (2011/65/EU)

    (a) Expiration of the exemption of Lead in dielectric ceramic in low-voltage capacitors. RoHS Directive Annex III (Exemptions List) has been revised by the EU Commission Decision 2010/571/EU (Enforced in March 2013). Therefore, some of our products (* 2) became products not compliant with the RoHS Directive. Murata replaced these products, by the development of non-lead materials, and the review of the product designs, with RoHS compliant alternatives by the end of June 2012.

    (b) Additional designation of specific phthalates to RoHS restricted substances.
    RoHS Directive Annex II (Restricted Substances List) has been revised by the EU Commission delegated directive (EU) 2015/863 (Enforced in July 2019). Therefore, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) containing specific phthalates (* 3) are prohibited from placed on the market within the European Economic Area (EEA).
    Murata replaced these products, by the development of phthalate free materials, and the review of the product designs, with RoHS compliant alternatives by January 2019.

In cooperation with customers/suppliers in January 2006 Murata terminated, as a rule, the sale of products not in compliance with the RoHS Directive. And, Murata continues that rules when RoHS amendments are applied in January 2013 and July 2019 under RoHS recast application.

*2 Ceramic capacitors containing lead in dielectric ceramic that rated voltage of less than 125 V AC or 250 V DC. And products incorporating such capacitors.

*3 Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate [DEHP], Butyl benzyl phthalate [BBP], Dibutyl phthalate [DBP], Diisobutyl phthalate [DIBP]

System of Guarantee for Product Specification Compliant with EU RoHS

The necessary main matters for EU RoHS compliance are as follows.

At each stage, Murata takes measures respectively, and Murata murata ensures the RoHS compliance.

Example of supplier guarantee

  • Execute audit concerning supplier management system for EU RoHS compliance
  • Confirmation of containing or not the restricted substances in each part and material by green procurement investigation
  • Limit of procurement for non-verification parts and materials by EDP
  • Getting guarantee document of EU RoHS compliance

Example of mixing measures in production

  • Introduction of acceptance inspection by analysis
  • Separation of EU RoHS compliant/non-compliant production process
  • Distinction of EU RoHS compliant/non-compliant parts and materials concerning depository and display

Example of introducing product identification

  • Distinction of operating Instruction sheet in process
  • Identified display to shipping label and package label for all shipment product (It is directly possible to identify RoHS compliance in the distribution)

How to Check EU RoHS Compliance of Murata Products

How to check by purchased products

You can check by the shipping label or package label. (like following example)

How to check on murata website

The products on the PDF catalogs or Product Search Engine on Murata website are compliant with EU RoHS. When the "Product Lifecycle Stage" on the Product Search Engine search result is "Obsolete" or "Phase-Out", the product may be non-compliant with EU RoHS.

When you can't check by the way above-mentioned, please contact Murata sales office or distributors.

RoHS Certificate

Noise Suppression Products / EMI Suppression Filters / ESD Protection Devices
Timing Devices
Sound Components (Buzzer)
Power Products