Chemicals management

With our longstanding belief in the precautionary principle, eliminating and minimizing the use of hazardous substances in our products and production processes has been one of our priorities since the start of our environmental activities more than three decades ago. It’s also an important part of our EcoDesign process.

Philips Regulated Substances List

Philips maintains a Regulated Substances List (RSL) for products which includes substances:

  • banned by law or by Philips
  • that need to be monitored due to regulatory requirements or
  • that Philips wants to monitor from a precautionary point of view.


The Regulated Substances List (RSL) is part of the Philips Terms of Reference for suppliers. All suppliers are required to comply with the RSL.


The RSL is updated regularly to ensure it captures the latest requirements and concerns, and includes the substances listed in BOMcheck. Philips and a number of other large electronics companies developed BOMcheck as an industry platform that standardizes the way in which companies collect chemical composition information from their supplier. Philips also asks its suppliers to provide compliance declarations to the RSL via BOMcheck. The list of restricted substances is available for download at the right side of this page.


The RSL contains a number of substances that Philips wants to phase out from a precautionary point of view, despite the fact that there is no regulation yet requiring Philips to do so. Below are some examples of substances voluntarily phased out.

Substances phased out voluntarily from products


Polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a polymer with properties that make it suitable for many applications. Brominated flame retardants (BFR) are widely used in electronic products as a means of reducing the flammability of the product. There are potential environmental side effects of both PVC and BFR due to unsafe recycling and disposal causing widespread concern.


Therefore, Philips banned PVC from product packaging in the mid-1990s. In 1998, Philips began proactively restricting the use of flame retardants polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominatedbiphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in many product categories, anticipating the EU RoHS legislation.


In 2008 Philips made a public commitment to phase out the use of PVC and BFR in consumer products, starting with a number of pilot projects to replace these substances. In 2010, Philips launched the first PVC and BFR free 42” Econova LED-TV (42PFL6805) awarded by EISA. In 2010, Philips also lauched a more comprehensive PVC/BFR free policy, committing Philips phasing out these substances in new consumer products placed on the market after January 2011. This has already led to a large number of PVC/BFR free Oral Healthcare, vacuum cleaner, and shaver products.


The electronics industry relies on the use of PVC and BFR containing plastics. Sometimes their use is mandated by technical, safety or regulatory standards. Despite these challenges, Philips remains committed to its ambitious roadmaps to make PVC and BFR free consumer products across the entire portfolio of electronics devices.

Phthalates and antimony
Philips is also phasing out the use of phthalates and antimony compounds in consumer products. Phthalates are used as plasticizers in PVC and antimony trioxide is used as a synergistic flame retardant. The phase out of PVC and BFR will contribute to the phase out of phthalates and antimony trioxide.


Arsenic and antimony in glass
Philips has restricted the use of arsenic and antimony in lamp glass from 2008 onwards.


Where technologically feasible, Philips has restricted the use of beryllium in our products.

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