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Main law: RoHS Directive

Thorlabs RoHS Compliance Statement: The European Union's directive 2002/95/EC, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), limits the use of certain hazardous substances commonly used in the manufacturing of electronic equipment, and requires producers of electronic equipment to reduce the concentration of these hazardous materials.

Jul 21, 2011 Study for the review of the list of restricted substances under RoHS 2 - analysis of impacts from a possible restriction of several new substances under RoHS 2; On the RoHS 1 review. Study for the simplification for RoHS/WEEE; Report - Adaptation to scientific and technical progress under Directive 2002/95/. RoHS-compliant, the Micro125 meets Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Micro125 Tech Specs Protocols.

Entry into force: 21 July 2011

Connected topics: ChemicalsCircular economyWaste and recyclingWEEE

Connected strategies: Chemicals strategy for sustainabilityCircular Economy Action Plan

Connected Commission priorities: European Green Deal


The amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) generated every year in the EU is increasing rapidly. It is now one of the fastest growing waste streams.

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) contains hazardous substances. Since 2003, EU laws have restricted the use of these hazardous substances.


The rise in the production and use of electrical and electronic products, such as mobile phones, computers and kitchen appliances, has resulted in an increasing volume of electrical and electronic waste. During the use, collection, treatment and disposal of such waste, products may release harmful (hazardous) substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium, which can cause major environmental and health problems.

To address such challenges, EU laws restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment through the RoHS Directive. In parallel, the WEEE Directive promotes the collection and recycling of such equipment.

The RoHS Directive currently restricts the use of ten substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

All products with an electrical and electronic component, unless specifically excluded, have to comply with these restrictions.

In 2017, the Commission adopted a legislative proposal adjusting the scope of the RoHS Directive.



The RoHS Directive aims to prevent the risks posed to human health and the environment related to the management of electronic and electrical waste.

It does this by restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE that can be substituted by safer alternatives. These restricted substances include heavy metals, flame retardants or plasticizers.

The Directive promotes the recyclability of EEE, as EEE and its components that have become waste contain fewer hazardous substances. At the same time, it ensures a level playing field for manufacturers and importers of EEE in the European market.


Delegated Directives amending RoHS Annexes

Restricted substances (Annex II)

  • Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 of 31 March 2015

Exemptions (Annex III and IV)

  • 5 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2020/360, 2020/361 and 2020/364 to 2020/366 of 17 December 2019
  • 2 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2019/1845 and (EU) 2019/1846 of 8 August 2019
  • 10 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2019/169 to (EU) 2019/178 of 16 November 2018
  • 4 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2018/739 to (EU) 2018/742 of 1 March 2018
  • 3 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2018/736 to (EU) 2018/738 of 27 February 2018
  • 1 Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1975 of August 2017, to be read in conjunction with the Corrigendum
  • 3 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2017/1009 to (EU) 2017/1011 of March 2017
  • 2 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2016/1028 to (EU) 2016/1029 of 19 April 2016
  • Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2016/585 of 12 February 2016
  • 2 Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2015/573 to (EU) 2015/574 of 30 January 2015
  • 8 Commission Delegated Directives 2014/69/EU to 2014/76/EU of 13 March 2014
  • 16 Commission Delegated Directives 2014/1/EU to 2014/16/EU of 18 October 2013
  • 2 Commission Delegated Directives 2012/50/EU to 2012/51/EU of 10 October 2012


Information about the implementation of the RoHS Directive, including the exemption procedure, timeframe and assessment studies.

Implementation of the RoHS Directive

More information


  1. RoHS Directive amended
  2. 02 January 2013
    Deadline for EU countries to transpose provisions of new RoHS Directive
  3. 21 July 2011
  4. First RoHS Directive enters into force


On the RoHS 2 scope review

On the review of the list of restricted substances

  • Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2 (Pack 15)
    The information and views set out in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Commission. The recommendations provided in this study do not preclude future decisions to be taken by the Commission.

On the RoHS 1 review

Earlier studies


For questions on the RoHS Directive, please contact our functional mailbox.

For questions on RoHS implementation or enforcement, please contact Member States authorities.

To purchase European Standards, contact the national members of the European Standardization Organisations.

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It’s incredible to realize that many of the household electric and electronic items that we took for granted in the 20th century – such as refrigerators, light bulbs, and electronic children’s toys – contained unacceptably high levels of hazardous substances including lead, mercury, and flame retardants. Occupational exposure was widespread, along with potentially significant harm to the environment when such items ended up in landfills.

While the problem of e-waste shows no signs of abating, many countries have created legislation or issued directives that restrict hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

One such directive is RoHS (Directive 2002/95/EC), or the directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Adopted in February 2003 by the European Union, the directive came into effect on July 1, 2006. The scope of the original directive has been updated with additions to the list of restricted substances and electronic equipment that must comply, referred to as RoHS 2 and RoHS 3.

RoHS is also referred to as the 'lead-free directive,' although it restricts nine other substances besides lead in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment.

Who Does RoHS Apply To?

RoHS applies to any business selling or distributing electrical and electronic products, sub-assemblies, components or cables to EU countries, or to third parties that in turn sell that businesses’ products to EU countries.

Why is RoHS Important?

By removing or restricting the amount of hazardous substances in electric and electronic equipment, RoHS protects:

  • The environment and ensuring the substances do not pollute the air, landfills, or waterways
  • Workers from occupational exposure during manufacturing, disposal, and recycling processes

Up to 50 million tons of e-waste is dumped each year in developing countries, exposing workers and the environment to toxic substances such as flame retardants, lead, and mercury.

What Items Does RoHS Apply To?


RoHs applies to:

  • Small household items such as vacuum cleaners
  • Computing and communications equipment including smartphones
  • Consumer electronics
  • Lighting
  • Power tools
  • Toys
  • Sports equipment such as videogames and electric trains
  • Automatic dispensers such as vending machines and ATMs.

What Substances are Restricted by RoHS?

RoHS restricts the use of:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+))
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
  • Bis(20thylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Seven new substances are currently being considered for future restriction in RoHS 4: Beryllium, Cobalt (dichloride and sulfate), Diantimony trioxide, Indium phosphide, Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (MCCPs), Nickel (sulfate and sulfamate), and Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A).


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Are Any Substances Exempt from RoHS?

Select materials are exempt from RoHS restrictions “if it is technically or scientifically impracticable to prohibit the use of certain hazardous substances at present.” This includes applications such as some medical devices, solar panels, and wind turbines. Manufacturers should regularly review the list of exemptions for updates as it is gradually being narrowed by the EU.

How Do Manufacturers Adhere to RoHS?


Letter of RoHS compliance: Organizations can prove their RoHS compliance by issuing a letter of compliance. Third-party testing services are available to test an organization’s products for the presence of restricted materials, or (if present) to test the level of restricted materials. This is known as a Declaration of Conformity for the product; all parties involved in the supply chain are responsible for checking this document.

Labeling: The RoHS 2 directive means manufacturers must display:

  • The CE mark
  • The manufacturer’s name and address
  • A serial or batch number

Some manufacturers have chosen to adopt labels such as “RoHS compliant,” or green leaves and checkmarks, but RoHS 2 states that the CE mark is the only permitted indication of RoHS compliance. The CE mark is often accompanied by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) mark, which looks like a garbage bin on wheels with a cross through it. WEEE (2002/96/EC) sets recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods.

Record-keeping: Manufacturers must keep formal documentation, including technical records, to demonstrate conformity, such as test data that follows a testing standard. Regulators can request to see information from this file.

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