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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The directive 2011/65/EU was implemented in national law on January 2nd, 2013 and has repealed the directive 2002/95/EC with effect from January 3rd, 2012. The new issue of the RoHS contains the same substances and limit values. This concerns the following substances: 

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Hexavalent Chromium Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)


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 Wölco 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 Wölco is conscious of this duty and we show this information in the added list of material.