Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation 850/2004 vs. REACH and RoHS

Question: Is the European Commission’s Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation 850/2004 and its amendments separate and distinct from REACH and RoHS, and are electronics companies in scope?

Answer: The EU’s regulation on persistent organic pollutants (POPs), also known as Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004, implements commitments set out in the Stockholm Convention aiming to minimize the environmental release of substances with properties that are potentially hazardous to human health and the environment. The POPs regulation restricts substances in both chemical products and articles.

The regulation is completely separate and distinct from REACH and RoHS, and all products manufactured and sold in the European Union are in scope of the regulation. Due to the potentially destructive nature of the pollutants covered by the regulation, it also contains provisions concerning unintentionally arisen substances, waste management and environmental monitoring. More details can be found here.

This content is accurate as of March 29, 2019.

 

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