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European Union - Four New Hazardous Substances Will be Banned in July

Four additional substances added to the list in the Annex II of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

EU
June 19, 2019

By Elena Andreula, EMEA Regulatory Program Expert

On June 4, 2015, the European Commission published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 adding four additional substances to the list in the Annex II of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.

Lighting Industry

For the Lighting industry, up until now, the following six substances have been regulated:

  • Mercury (Hg) — 0.1%
  • Lead (Pb) —– 0.1%
  • Cadmium (Cd) —– 0.01%
  • Hexavalent chromium (Vi) —– 0.1%
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) —– 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) — 0.1%

The restriction of the four new substances, which applies starting July 22, 2019, concerns phthalates with the following maximum concentration permissible:

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) — 0.1%
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) — 0.1%
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) — 0.1%
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) — 0.1%

Appliances Industry

For the Appliances industry, the new restriction became effective July 22, 2019, with the following maximum permissible concentrations:

  • Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – 0.1%
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) – 0.1%
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) – 0.1%
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – 0.1%

Manufacturer’s Obligations

Manufacturers must comply with Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) requirements if they utilize any of the restricted material. They must do the following:

  • Ensure that the design and manufacturer of the product complies with RoHS
  • Set up production control to ensure that product remains compliant 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 the RoHS Directive, providing testing for appliances and lighting industry.

 

 

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