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Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

Chemicals in products and hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products have been longstanding emerging policy issues under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). In order to track and control chemicals along the value chains of electrical and electronic products, stakeholders first must identify relevant chemicals to be addressed. Considering the complexity of the chemical world as well as the complexity of value chains in the electronics sector, this important step can be highly challenging.

Nevertheless, many different regulatory bodies have established regulatory frameworks addressing the management of hazardous chemicals. Some of these frameworks specifically address chemicals related to electrical and electronic products, while others address chemicals and chemicals management in a more general manner. In order to support stakeholders in the identification of relevant chemicals in the electronics sector, this document aims at mapping relevant existing regulatory frameworks and activities. 

The first part of the document maps existing regulatory frameworks comprising substance-specific provisions for electronic and electrical products. The second part of this document maps existing regulatory frameworks comprising substance-specific provisions for a wider regulatory scope than only electronic and electrical products, but which may also be relevant for the value chain of the electronics sector.

This report was prepared by UNEP under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by the SAICM Secretariat. UNEP acknowledges the financial contribution of the Global Environment Facility for the development, editing and design of this report.