REACH & RoHS Regulations

Die Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH regulation) is an EU chemicals regulation that entered into force on June 1, 2007. REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals German 'Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals'. As an EU regulation, REACH is equally and directly applicable in all member states. REACH has fundamentally harmonized and simplified the previous chemicals law. In addition, various decrees such as the EU Nickel Directive were replaced by REACH.


The EU Directive 2011/65/EU serves to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It regulates the use and the placing on the market of hazardous substances in electrical devices and electronic components. Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) replaced the predecessor directive 2002/95/EG (RoHS 1) on January 3, 2013. Both guidelines are unofficially abbreviated with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances).