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New requirements on RoHS are coming

Posted on July 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

New requirements on RoHS are coming, adding four new substances to be restricted under Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

The additional substance restrictions and maximum concentration values will come into force on 22nd July 2019 and are:

  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): maximum concentration value of 0.1%;
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): maximum concentration value of 0.1%;
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): maximum concentration value of 0.1%;
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): maximum concentration value of 0.1%.

The newly added hazardous substances are mainly used as plasticisers to soften plastics and will be restricted from 22nd July 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). There is an exception for medical devices and monitoring control equipment, these will have to comply by 22nd July 2022

The restriction of the additional substances shall not apply to toys which already restrict the use of DEHP, BBP and DBP under REACH Regulations.

The 10 hazardous substances that will be restricted in EEE under RoHS are:

  • Cadmium(Cd): 0.01%
  • Mercury: 0.1%
  • Lead(Pb) : 0.1%
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) : 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB): 0.1 %;
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE): 0.1 %
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): 0.1%;
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): 0.1%;
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): 0.1%;
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): 0.1%

 

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