The European Union has enacted legislation (Directive 2002/95/EC) effective July 1st, 2006 that restricts the use of Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Poly-Brominated Bi-Phenyls (PBB), and Poly-Brominated Di-Phenyl Ethers (PBDE) in a wide variety of electronic products and applications that are put on the market in EU member countries. Its replacement, Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS-II) entered into force in 2011.
REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. The law entered into force on July 1st, 2007. The REACH Regulation identifies substances of very high concern (SVHC). The SVHC list is updated several times per year.
Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act (US HR-4173) requires SEC reporting companies to make annual disclosure of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten that originate from conflict mines in the region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is necessary for the production or sale of products they manufacture.