Guided by the precautionary principle, and as part of our chemicals management, Philips requires all suppliers to comply with substance requirements in the Regulated Substance List (RSL). This listing of chemical substances brings together all the legal, industry, and voluntary requirements to which Philips is committed with regard to the chemical substances contained in our products. Compliance with the RSL is an integral part of any commercial agreement between Philips and its suppliers.
The RSL is updated regularly to ensure it captures the latest requirements and concerns. It includes substances banned or required to be monitored by law. It also contains a number of substances that Philips voluntarily wants to phase out or monitor from a precautionary point of view. The substances that are voluntarily phased out by Philips include, for example, polyvinyl chloride and brominated flame retardants, phthalates and antimony, phthalates and antimony in glass, and beryllium.
The RSL applies to all products, parts, and packaging materials used to produce Philips’ products and is part of Philips global policy. Where there is a difference between the Philips requirements and the local regulatory requirements, the most protective for health, safety and environment applies. Additional specific Philips or legal requirements may apply to certain product categories or applications, such as materials that come in contact with food, biocides or materials treated with biocides or products to be used for patients, babies or little children, chemical based products and cosmetics.