Companies doing business in the EU must comply with REACH/RoHS requirements. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, Chemicals), requires the registration of chemical substances while RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), restricts the use of hazardous substances in electronic equipment.
- RoHS - Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This directive is currently specific to 6 hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Materials banned under RoHS: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP).
- California Proposition 65 – The goals of Proposition 65 are to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that may cause cancer and birth defects and to reduce or eliminate exposures to those chemicals generally, for example in consumer products, by requiring warnings in advance of those exposures. This law is specific to California and mandates if a consumer product has any chemical or substance listed by California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment there must be a warning label about the chemical(s) it contains.
- REACH - Regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals. The chemical list of the identification of a substance as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) is updated regularly and currently has 163 chemicals listed. A SVHC can still be used under certain conditions until it is banned through inclusion in Annex XIV of REACH.