Freetronics makes circuit boards that are intended for hobbyist and prototyping use, not as finished consumer goods.

Our boards are assembled in small production runs (often by hand) so it would be very expensive to go through the certification process for approvals such as CE, C-Tick, and various other national standards. If you incorporate our boards into the design of your product and you wish to have your product certified, you will need to do that for the product as a whole.

RoHS means Restrictions of Hazardous Substances, and is the topic of a directive from the European Union concerning many electronic products sold within EU member states since July 1st, 2006 - in that they are not to contain hazardous substances such as lead, cadmium and so on.

You may have noticed the RoHS acronym on the back of some of our products, for example the EtherMega:


We work hard to ensure that the components and soldering process for our products are lead-free; and that the PCBs are manufactured without lead or other harmful chemicals - and this is indicated by the RoHS logo on the particular item.

Our products fall under the category of “monitoring and control” in the EU RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) and are therefore exempt from requiring full RoHS compliance. Thus we cannot supply full documentation to prove our products are RoHS compliant.

For more information about RoHS, visit Wikipedia or the EU directive.