Western Digital is striving to eliminate the use of heavy metals and toxic substances to manage environmental compliance.  Our products comply with the applicable worldwide environmental regulations and requirements below.

The European Union (EU) Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS, 2002/95/EU) was released in 2006. This environmental directive is designed to restrict the use of some heavy metals and halogenated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs) in electronic products. All Western Digital products sold in the EU after July 1, 2006 comply with the EU RoHS requirements.

The EU RoHS2 Recast Directive (2011/65/EU) was released in 2011. All of Western Digital’s products comply with the RoHS2 directive along with subsequent amendments.

Download EU RoHS CoC Letter

Link to EU RoHS (2011/65/EU) Directive

Link to EU RoHS

The European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulates the handling of sensitive chemicals and the phase-in of alternatives for the most dangerous chemicals used within EU commerce. The European Chemicals Agency, (the EU agency responsible for implementing REACH), publishes the names of substances that are candidates for its Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list. As provided for by REACH, Western Digital reviews its products to determine if any Western Digital products contain more than 0.1% by weight per article of any substance on the SVHC candidate list.


Link to EU REACH

SCIP Database
As part of the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC (WFD), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has built a database for storing safe-use information for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) present in articles placed on the market in the EU. It is referred to as the Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP) database.

The EU WFD and SCIP database add to existing reporting requirements managed under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  From 5 January 2021, suppliers of articles containing a SVHC on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight on the EU market need to submit that information via the new database to ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive.

We have undertaken a review of all our product components in order to assess the extent to which they contain the relevant concentration of SVHCs. Our EU established subsidiaries have submitted SCIP reports for affected products, which they sell in the EU market so that we are fully compliant with our reporting obligation. 

In order to equip our EU customers with the required information to submit SCIP reports, or provide information to our customer’s own EU customers to do the same, the relevant SVHC information for our products is available upon request. - scipcommunications@wdc.com

SCIP Database Position Letter

Link to SCIP Database

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was created by the EU and is designed to minimize the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment into landfills. The WEEE Directive requires that a specific marking be included on certain end-user products to identify them as items covered by this legislation. Western Digital encourages users of its products to not disassemble products into components, and to dispose of products in accordance with local laws. Western Digital products include the WEEE symbol in support of this directive.

Link to EU WEEE


Link to Act

Product Safety
Western Digital considers product safety a top priority.  Our products are designed and manufactured to comply with relevant directives, harmonized standards, laws and regulations.  We are active in industry working groups and committees that are dedicated to developing new solutions and guidelines that will benefit retailers and consumers.  In addition, we have invested resources and built robust programs to ensure products offered for sale are safe and compliant.