Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

Restrictions on certain hazardous substances in electrical equipment have been in place in Europe since 2006 when the original RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) came into force. The new RoHS Directive 2001/65/EU was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 1 July 2011 and entered into force on 2 January 2013.

The following guidance document is intended to provide guidance for toy companies who are already in compliance with the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive and highlights the important differences between the Toy Safety Directive and RoHS Directive.

The guide includes an overview of the RoHS Directive’s structure outlining the chapters, articles, annexes, and appendices.

Also included is guidance regarding the scope of the RoHS Directive as this has been subject to changes that mean that toys previously not in scope will now be in scope.