Murata's approach for EU RoHS

Explanation of Murata's approach for EC RoHS

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".

The RoHS Directive prohibits the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE 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)
    EU RoHS Exemption from prohibition that is the use of lead in the ceramic dielectric material of capacitors with a rated voltage of less than 125V AC or 250V DC and the equipments which use those components was expired on January, 2013.
    This exemption was applicable to some of Murata products. For these products, by the development of non-lead materials, and the review of the product designs, by the end of June, 2012 Murata has finished preparing alternatives for RoHS-designated substances.

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 is continuing that rule also from January, 2013 when the RoHS recast was applied. (Except for the supply for specific customers that request RoHS non-compliant products due to not marketing to EU)

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 purchase 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.

Murata's policy on enforcement of new restricted substances (specific phthalates):

The European RoHS Directive (2011/65 / EU) Annex II (Restricted Substances List) has been revised by the EU Commission delegated directive (EU) 2015/863 (*3) promulgated on 4th June 2015 in the EU Official Journal.
From July 22, 2019, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) containing specific phthalates (*4) exceeding 0.1% by weight per homogeneous material must be prohibited from placed on the market within the European Economic Area (EEA). As a result of this amendment, some of our products cannot continue to comply with the RoHS directive.

*3 The official name of the directive
COMMISSION DELEGATED DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/863 of 31 March 2015 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of restricted substances

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*4 The following four substances are added to the restricted substances.

Substance Abbreviation CAS. No. (for reference)
Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate DEHP 117-81-7
Butyl benzyl phthalate BBP 85-68-7
Dibutyl phthalate DBP 84-74-2
Diisobutyl phthalate DIBP 84-69-5

Murata's compliance policy

  1. Prior to the amendment, we are preparing alternative products that can comply with the revised RoHS Directive. We plan to complete the switch to alternative products by January 21, 2019 (six months before enforcement).
  2. We will propose measures to comply with the RoHS directive for customers using the applicable products. Prior to completion of switching to alternative products, from July 2018, we will sequentially update the notation on the lower right side of our exterior label or individual label from version B to version C. (See "How to Check EU RoHS Compliance of Murata Products" on this web page)