Materials of cables and cable insulation (REACH/RoHS)

The use of hazardous substances in products is becoming more strictly regulated and restricted worldwide. This is reasonable and it is also our concern. Accordingly, we always develop our new cables and wires on the basis of the latest scientific insights.

Our cables satisfy the following requirements:

  • REACH Regulation 1907/2006/EC
  • RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, or 2002/95/EC
  • ElektroStoffV (German Ordinance on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices) of 19/04/2013

RoHS:

With the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, the European Union has renewed its directive on the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices, replacing the former Directive 2002/95/EC. Directive 2011/65/EU was published on 1 July 2011, where various transitional periods apply to the application of the new RoHS Directive. One relevant document is the German implementation of the EU Directive, in the form of the German Ordinance on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices (ElektroStoffV) of 19/04/2013. 

Aside from the greater scope, which now also includes “miscellaneous” electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), one important change is the obligation to ensure compliance with the requirements of the RoHS Directive via a conformity assessment procedure.

REACH Regulation on ozone-depleting substances 1005/2009/EC:

With Regulation No 1907/2006/EC (REACH for short), the EU has created a unified system for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure a high degree of protection of human health and the environment.


REACH came into force on 1 June 2007, and replaces many of the hitherto prevailing requirements on the material composition of products, such as Directive 76/769/EEC, relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances. Scherer Kabel develops and delivers its products in the spirit of REACH. Accordingly, the following requirements of the REACH Regulation are of particular importance:

  1. Information duty of manufacturers and importers of products containing a substance in the “Candidate List” at a concentration > 0.1% w/w per product.
  2. Observance of the substances subject to authorization in accordance with REACH Annex XIV.
  3. Observance of the restrictions of manufacture, marketing and use in accordance with REACH Annex XVII.

Our goal is, in the spirit of REACH, to keep our cables and wires free of substances of very high concern or to replace such substances with harmless materials. To this end, we attentively follow the “Candidate List” in which the European Chemicals Agency lists hazardous substances. We regularly evaluate our cable developments. We observe all authorization requirements for substances in accordance with REACH Annex XIV as well as the restrictions of manufacture, marketing and use in accordance with REACH Annex XVII.