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RoHS Specification

3M Company has developed a corporate EU RoHS Specification which sets forth 3M's expectations for suppliers providing materials to 3M that may be subject to the requirements of the European Union's Directive 2002/95/EC, Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, as amended, and/or the substance restrictions of the recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, Annex II, jointly known as "EU RoHS."

Directive 2002/95/EC as amended is repealed on January 3, 2013. Directive 2011/65/EU is in effect as of that date.

Under EU RoHS, electrical and electronic equipment placed on the European Union market may not contain more than certain levels of:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) (flame retardant)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) (flame retardant)

Other countries around the world are considering and/or have implemented regulations that are similar to EU RoHS.

The 3M EU RoHS Specification applies to all materials, parts, components and/or products (whether finished or semi-finished) that  include restrictions on the EU RoHS substances listed above or that have this specification cited on or in their 3M part number drawing, part or product specifications, sourcing agreements, purchase contracts, purchase orders or other purchasing documentation.

Here is the 3M Corporate EU RoHS Specification (PDF, 42k)

For more information on the EU RoHS Directive, please see the following link:

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