Things to know about REACh and RoHS:
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It´s THE European legislation for any chemicals and is in force since 1 June 2007. One aim of REACH is to regulate the use of substances of very high concern (chemicals). This applies to the substance itself as well as to mixtures and articles in which it is used. REACH covers all (chemical) substances in consumer products. Manufacturers and importers into the EU are responsible for the safety of the chemicals which are put on the market. Depending on the hazardousness of the substance, corresponding data must be provided to the competent authority ECHA. Currently, 219 substances are listed as particularly hazardous in a separate list ("candidate list"). This list is updated twice a year if necessary.
RoHS stands for "Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Equipment". Put in place in 2002 as first version, the actual one (“RoHS 2”) came into force on 8 June 2011. The aim of the RoHS Directive is to reduce the burden on health and the environment caused by particularly hazardous substances and materials. The directive applies to all electrical and electronic equipment and regulates which particularly toxic substances (e.g. heavy metals, flame retardants and plasticisers) must be kept to an absolute minimum. Currently, the RoHS Directive lists the following hazardous substances: Lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butylbenzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).