RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products (known as EEE).
Regulation EC 1907/2006 is the European Chemicals legislation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). It entered into force in 2007 and aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. At the same time it ensures the free circulation of chemicals on the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation. The basic principle of REACH is that producers, importers, and downstream users assume responsibility for their chemicals. They must ensure that the chemicals they produce and market are used safely. The abbreviation REACH is short for Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals. REACH is one of the world’s strictest laws governing chemicals.