New RoHS Regulations - Are you compliant?
3/4/2016 7:10:03 PM
On June 4, 2015, the European Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 published a new amendment which officially added four plasticizers to the list of RoHS 2's restricted substances.
Among the four is DEHP/DOP, a commonly used plasticizer for a wide variety of flexible pvc applications.
New Requirements Overview
According to the new directive, the following four plasticizers will appear on the list of restricted substances. The maximum tolerated concentration for each is .01% or 1000 ppm.
The latest amendment also added new product categories to the scope of RoHS regulations:
- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP/DOP)
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
The complete list of restricted substances according to RoHS 2 with their respective maximum concentration values is as follows:
- Category 8 - Medical devices
- Category 9 - Monitoring and control equipment
- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP/DOP): max 0.1%
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): max 0.1%
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): max 0.1%
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): max 0.1%
- Lead: 0.1%
- Mercury: 0.1%
- Cadmium: 0.01%
- Hexavalent Chromium: 0.1%
- Polybrominated Biphenyls: 0.1%
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers: 0.1%
RoHS and RoHS 2 Recap
RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) in EEE (Electronic and Electrical Equipment) aims to prevent hazardous substances from entering the production process and thereby keep them out of the waste stream.
RoHS 2 came into effect for manufacturers on January 3, 2013. It introduced new requirements and is significantly more strict than the original RoHS directive:
- more products in scope
- mandatory requirements for conformity assessment and CE marking
- technical documentation
- a mechanism to add more substances.
- specific obligations for manufacturers, importers, and distributors.
Learn more about RoHS requirements.
Who will be affected by the new RoHS regulations?
Unless your products are specifically listed as one of the following exemptions, it will apply to every manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment that does business in Europe. If you don't know whether or not your product includes DEHP/DOP or another listed substance, please contact us
Exemptions from RoHS 2 Regulations
If you feel that you have an exempt product, please see the exemption guidance document for more information.
- EEE intended to protect national security and/or for military purposes
- Products where electricity is not the main power source
- Products where the electrical or electronic components are not needed to fulfill the primary function
- Electrical and electronic equipment that is part of another type of equipment or system that does not fall within the scope of the Directive (including equipment that is part of a "fixed installation")
Grace Periods - Compliance Timeline
The official date of restriction for the 4 newly added plasticizers will be July 22, 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment. Category 8 (medical devices) and Category 9 (monitoring and control equipment) equipment will be given an additional two years to comply by July 22, 2021.
The following timeline provides all important compliance dates.
Planning Ahead for Implementation
Though 2019 seems far away, it is important to determine whether the newly restricted plasticizers are present in your materials at levels in excess of the maximum concentration values. In the event that your products do exceed the maximum values, we will work with you to find alternatives to assure compliance.
For further regulatory assistance or to determine if DEHP/DOP is in your product, please contact our customer service team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717.336.2823.
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