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In Europe, Four New Hazardous Substances for Appliances will be Banned this July 2019

In 2015, the European Commission published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 adding four additional substances to the list in Annex II of Restriction of Hazardous Substances. This July, the restriction will become effective and UL can help assist in the testing for appliances.

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June 19, 2019

On June 4, 2015, the European Commission published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 adding four additional substances, phthalates DEHP, DBP, BBP and DIBP, to the list in Annex II of Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU.

The new restriction become effective July 22, 2019, with the following maximum permissible concentrations:

  1. Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – 0.1%
  2. Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) – 0.1%
  3. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – 0.1%
  4. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – 0.1%

Manufacturer’s obligations

Manufacturers must comply with RoHS requirements if they utilize any of the restricted materials so that they:

  • Ensure the design and manufacturer of the product complies with RoHS
  • Set up a production control to ensure that the product remains complaint over time
  • Draw up technical documentation demonstrating compliance
  • Complete an assessment of conformity with the regulations
  • Prepare a declaration of conformity
  • Fix the European Conformity (CE) marking

How UL can help

UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the requirements of RoHS standards, providing testing for appliances. These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.

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