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RoHS – The EC Directive on electrical items and electronic equipment

RoHS stands for Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances

The RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) restricts the use of specific hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The Directive 2015/863/EU (RoHS III) replaces the Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) on 22nd of July 2019, which in turn replaced the previous Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS I) from 3rd of January 2013.

As of the Directive 2015/863/EU (RoHS III) the following 10 substances have to be considered. The maximum concentration of 0.1% by weight should not be exceeded.

  • Lead (Pb) (0,1 %)
  • Cadmium (Cd) (0,01 %)
  • Mercury (Hg) (0,1 %)
  • Hexavalent Chromium Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) (0,1 %)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (0,1 %)
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) (0,1 %)
  • Butylbenzylphthalate (BBP) (0,1 %)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1 %)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1 %)  


Besides the reduction of harmful effects on humans and the environment, the legislation also has the improvement of opportunities for recycling as a target.

REACh - the new European chemicals law

REACh stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals.

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 came into force on June 1st, 2007 and has since then formed a valid legal foundation for all EC Member States. Each stakeholder in the supply chain is subject to certain duties arising from this REACh regulation. Products manufactured by CCL are to be labeled as products according to the regulation. Since products are not subject to registration, Wölco assumes the role of the downstream user in the supply chain. Wölco therefore has a duty of information in the supply chain, accordance to REACh Article 33. It goes without saying that CCL is conscious of this duty and we show this information in the added list of material.