On March 31, 2015, the European Commission added four new phthalate substances to the restricted substances list under Annex II of the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. An amendment to the EU RoHS Directive 2015/863 was published in the EU Official Journal on June 4, 2015.
The new substance restrictions took effect on July 22, 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment categories except medical devices, including in vitro medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments. These products have a two-year extension until July 22, 2021 to meet RoHS compliance.
From this date, a Certificates of Compliance from suppliers must include coverage of four new EU RoHS substances. The new substances and their maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials are:
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0,1 %)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0,1 %)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1 %)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1 %)
The changes applied to RoHS 2
There were 10 different categories for which the RoHS Directive was applicable. As of July 22, 2019, category 11 was added.
Category “11” includes: “other EEE not covered by any of the categories above”, such as 2-wheeled vehicles, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, cannabis vaporizers, and vape pens.
The complete list of eleven categories:
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3. IT and telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7. Toys, leisure, and sport equipment
8. Medical devices
9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic dispensers
11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.
Note that the EU RoHS 2 Directive has not been changed to a new version of “RoHS 3”. Even though the four new substances have been added to EU RoHS 2 Directive, it is still officially considered the “RoHS 2” regulation by the European Commission.
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