What Is The Difference Between REACH and RoHS?


Companies operating in the European Union need to abide by laws such as REACH and RoHS. The two laws share some similarities but they also possess fundamental differences. Let’s focus on REACH first.

REACH is the legislative framework for chemical management in the European Union and has many requirements. For instance, companies must register substances manufactured or imported into the EU above one tonne per year and must apply for permission to use substances on the authorization list and can’t use substances on the restriction list. Companies should closely monitor the presence of SVHC’s, or Substances of Very High Concern, in their products since these substances may be eventually added to the authorization list. 


And what about RoHS. This directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances electrical and electronic products placed on the European market. Substances such as cadmium, mercury, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and several others generally can’t be used over specified concentration thresholds. RoHS is evaluated at the homogenous material level whereas REACH is evaluated at the article level. 


To meet these requirements, your company must collect and assess documentation throughout your entire supply chain for all affected products. This may be difficult to accomplish on your own. If you’re struggling to comply with REACH or RoHS or would like to learn more about the requirements, contact one of our experts at Source Intelligence by clicking the button below!


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