AJ, The important thing to remember is that any product sold after this date must be lead-free. If your product is sold within weeks of manufacture, then you can wait until the last minute. If your product may sit for several months before being purchased, then you need to start thinking a little earlier then a couple of months. The majority of our customers products will be lead-free 4 to 6 months before the deadline
Wait. I think you need to add that any product sold in EUROPE needs to be lead-free by July 1st, 2006. And let's clarify further. Lead is just one of numerous elements that will be restricted. In fact, quoted directly from the directive: "Member States shall ensure that from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, poly-brominated biphals (PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)." So as much as everybody is talking "lead-free" we really need to look at the banned substances as a whole. EDUCATE YOURSELF!! Cadmium and Hexavalent Chromium are used ALL OVER THE PLACE! Cable insulations, Metal Enclosures, hardware, dyes, paint, etc, etc. If you're not going to take the time to find out what your products contain, BELIEVE ME your competitors will!! Just ask SONY!! Hundreds of thousands of PS2 consoles were blocked from being imported into the Netherlands last Christmas because a competitor allegedly tipped off the authorities that their controller cables contained Cadmium. It can and will happen again.