RoHS Solutions

Vanguard makes every effort to control the environmental impact of our products, and we support the efforts of our customers and suppliers to do the same.

Definition of "Lead-Free"

Vanguard has adopted the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Based on RoHS guidelines, we consider any product that contains less than 0.1% or 1,000 ppm of lead in the homogenous materials of the component to be “Lead Free”.

Status of our product families

None of our RoHS-compliant components contain any of the following materials, and it is our policy to prohibit the intentional introduction of them into future designs:

Any lead present in our ceramic body parts, such as chip inductors, is contained in the ceramic itself. The RoHS directive currently allows an exemption for “lead in glass of a ceramic matrix.”

Lead Free Products

Many Vanguard products have always met RoHS standards and are suitable for 260ºC soldering. You can continue to order these product families under their existing part numbers. They are identified on our website and in our catalog by the “RoHS Compliant” symbol. Vanguard has developed many components that are RoHS-compliant without exemption and we will continue to expand these product offerings.

Contact your sales representative for more information. For Customers who do not require RoHS-compliant products, Vanguard offers and will continue to offer product families that contain lead in solder that exceed RoHS limits. In most cases, we offer RoHS-compliant alternatives for these products distinguished by ________ in the part number. Our website and catalog indicate the lead free alternatives and provide ordering instructions.


Vanguard is very proud of our environmental record. It is our intent to continue to conduct all our business in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.