Chemicals Management

Technicolor has put in place the necessary processes and initiatives to comply with laws restricting the use of hazardous substances, such as the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and the Restriction, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemical substances (REACH) regulation.

The Group is committed to reduce and, where practical, fully eliminate the use of hazardous substances across all its products.


RoHS (EU Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances), restricts the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). RoHS sets stringent manufacturing guidelines.

To ensure that Technicolor products sold in the EU comply with RoHS and other relevant requirements:

  • The Technicolor RoHS Compliance Assurance System (CAS) involves close collaboration and constant dialogue with suppliers to gather relevant information.
  • Technicolor has voluntarily expanded its list of controlled or banned substances by adding four more substances suspected of presenting potential environmental risks: Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) and Dibuthylphthalate (DBP). The Technicolor quality task force and sourcing departments also continue to monitor an additional 16 substances often used in Technicolor products and identified in RoHS recommendations.
  • The Group also closely monitors developments in RoHS « lookalike » regulations in non EU countries (e.g. China, Norway, Ukraine…) to ensure product compliance.


The EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) Regulation aims to improve risk management by requiring companies to control chemical substances.

Technicolor supports the global REACH objective of improving the protection of human health and the environment, and has implemented a series of measures to ensure it complies.

A REACH program coordinator is supported by a network of nearly three dozen REACH task force members. Elements of the program include:

  • Customer communication
  • Safety Data Sheet management
  • Supplier data collection & management
  • Classification, Labeling & Packaging of substances (pursuant to Dir. CLP n°1272/2008)
  • REACH audits management

A global inventory of substances, preparations and articles used worldwide exists, based on information provided by the Group’s chemicals/finished goods suppliers with an eye to identifying all usages and risks. This includes monitoring and identification of SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) pursuant to the REACH Candidate List.

Technicolor REACH Declaration: Duty to communicate Information on Substances in Articles*

Based on Technicolor’s knowledge, some of our products may contain over 0.1% DEHP (w/w) per article (present in PVC cables/parts). This declaration will be updated as soon as changes occur or new relevant substances are added to the REACH Candidate List**. Information is currently provided to recipients of Technicolor products by way of product shipment documentation

For any further queries relating to Technicolor’s approach to materials management, please contact:


*Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals, Article 33
**REACH Candidate List

Official updates to this list can be found on The European Chemicals Agency website.