The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS I) took effect in 2006, restricting the use of 6 hazardous materials (heavy metals and brominated components) in the production of electronic and electrical equipment. In 2011, RoHS II brought in the requirement of periodic re-evaluations that facilitate gradual broadening of its requirements to cover additional electronic and electrical equipment, cables and spare parts, and the chemicals involved. This means that new chemicals will be added in the future. PVC, DEHP, and antimony trioxide were almost incorporated in 2011 but were spared due to a strong chemical industry lobby.
Many adhesive tape businesses supply directly or indirectly to the electronic and electrical equipment markets. The end producer is required to put the “ϹЄ” label on the finished good to prove it is RoHS-compliant.