Modern lighting technology consists of highly complex products using different technologies to generate light. Back in 1967, we were one of the first manufacturers to produce lamps without the carcinogenic metal beryllium in phosphor lamps. Since then, we have constantly reduced or eliminated hazardous materials in our products and strive for further reduction or elimination. But in some OSRAM products the use of harmful substances is still unavoidable at present. In the last few years mercury has moved into public focus owing to the discussion on replacing inefficient incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps, which contain minute amounts of mercury. However, for this group of lamps, using mercury continues to be unmatched for generating energy efficient lighting.
In addition to mercury, there are other hazardous substances that are necessary for modern lighting products. To minimize their use, OSRAM has compiled an Index List Environment (ILE) which contains substances we prohibit in our products, and substances which we are reducing to the lowest possible levels. To manage their content in our products, we require our suppliers to peruse our ILE, disclose any relevant substance, and confirm their compliance with all these provisions.
As a matter of course, OSRAM complies with the European directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) which aims to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in the production process. In addition, OSRAM conforms to the framework of the European regulation REACH since we import or produce chemicals. The regulation provides for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).