Applying precaution.

Qualcomm addresses the sustainability of our products through our Environmental Management System and various hazardous-substance elimination programs. We strive to apply the “precautionary principle.” We take preventative measures regarding certain chemicals, even if science hasn’t indicated clear environmental or health hazards. Our own requirements are often more stringent than applicable law.


Removing lead, bromine, and chlorine from our products.

Qualcomm has been proactive in removing lead from our products since 1999. We introduced lead-free flip-chips in 2010. Since then, we’ve been incorporating a lead-free design into our new integrated-circuit products whenever technically and economically feasible.

Regulations do not prohibit the use of all brominated and chlorinated compounds in our products. Nevertheless, we’ve been proactive in eliminating them because of the potential hazards they pose.

Conforming to legislative and industry requirements.

Qualcomm conforms to all applicable laws regulating the materials in our products. Our semiconductor products meet the substance use restrictions and reporting requirements of the following regulations and industry standard:

EU RoHS 2011/65/EU & (EU) 2015/863

The EU RoHS directive restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DIBP) in electrical and electronic products.

China RoHS

The Management Methods for Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Products (“China RoHS”) restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

EU ELV 2000/53/EC

The EU End-of-Life Vehicle Directive (ELV) restricts the use of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in vehicles.

EU REACH (EC) No 1907/2006

The Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidates, Annex XIV Authorization List, and Annex XVII Restricted Substances list substances that are subject to reporting and restricted use.

State of California “Proposition 65”

Prop 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

“Halogen-Free” (Bromine- and chlorine-free)

The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) standard 61249-2-21 defines halogen-free as a material containing less than 900ppm of bromine and chlorine, individually, and less than 1500 ppm of combined bromine and chlorine.

Other hazardous substances we don’t use.

Qualcomm has been prohibiting and restricting the intentional use of certain hazardous substances in our semiconductor business’s integrated-circuit product design since 2003. Our list of prohibited or restricted substances for those products is shown here. 

Our material declarations are available to our customers.

Our Product Material Declaration (PMD) reports and associated homogeneous material test reports are available to our customers through the Qualcomm Create Point portal. PMD provides a full disclosure on our product’s substance contents; RoHS, ELV and REACH status; Prop 65 warning statement, if applicable; and IEC62474 and GADSL substance status.