The use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment was initially regulated by EC Directive 2002/95/EC, which was updated with EC Directive 2011/65/EU. According to this directive, the substances:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
  • Polybromierte Diphenylether  (PBDE)

shall not exceed defined quantity limits in finished articles.

In Switzerland, the use of these substances is limited under the ChemRRV (Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance). Similar regulations are also in place or are being planned in countries such as Japan, the USA, Korea and China.

Four substances were added with Directive (EU) 2015/863, published on 31 March 2015:

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

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