RoHS and REACH are two different environmental directives with different scopes and objectives. RoHS 2 is a sector specific directive laying down rules on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in EEE, while REACH is a general act regulating registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances.

RoHS 2 does not affect the application of REACH, and vice-versa, with regard to the restriction of substances in EEE. When overlaps occur, the strongest restriction (i.e. the lowest maximum concentration) should be applied. Furthermore, exemptions from the substance restrictions in RoHS 2 may not be granted if they result in a weakening of the environmental and human health protection afforded by REACH.

Recital 28 in RoHS 2 directive requires that during the review of the Directive, a thorough analysis of its coherence with REACH shall be carried out by the Commission. To secure coherence between RoHS 2 and REACH:

  • both the methodology for prospective substance restrictions and the criteria for granting exemptions should be coherent with REACH.
  • the available information according to the REACH procedures shall be used for future substance related RoHS amendments.

Both RoHS and REACH environmental directives are controlled by European Union (EU), for the electrical and electronics products sold in European countries. RoHS deals with the most hazardous materials, and REACH deals with all kinds of chemicals.