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Phthalates restricted under RoHS

Last week, four phthalates were added to the list of restricted substances under the RoHS directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic devices). This is the first time since the original directive of 2003 that new substances are added. The newly added substances are DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP. The restriction will take effect in July 2019 and applies for all electrical and electronic equipment on the EU market, except medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, which will have an additional 2 years to comply.

– We welcome addition of substances in the RoHS directive says Frida Hök, ChemSec Policy Advisor. We also encourage the Commission and Member states to move forward at a faster pace and restrict the rest of the substances concluded as priority substances, like the extensively used brominated and chlorinated flame retardants and PVC, which from our point of view are even more important chemicals to remove from these electronic products.

Since 2003 RoHS restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in electrical and electronic equipment placed on the Union market.

Read more: Amendement of RoHS Annex II