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New Restrictions in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

September 15, 2015

EUROPEAN UNION  ̶  Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 amends Annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU to restrict four new phthalates; DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP; for use in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), above the maximum tolerated concentrations of 0.1% w/w in homogeneous materials for each substance.

The restrictions have been introduced as it was determined that these substances may cause negative impacts to the environment and human health when recycling EEE.

Member States shall transpose into national laws this Directive by December 31, 2016 and the provisions will apply to all EEE, including cables and spare parts, beginning July 22, 2019 with the exception of medical devices and monitoring instruments, and control instruments including cables and spare parts. For those exceptions the restrictions will apply beginning July 22, 2021.

Electrical and electronic toys, which are already subject to the restriction referred to in entry 51 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH), three of four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP) have been excluded from the scope of the restriction. The DIBP restriction remains applicable for all the toys which fall within the definition of EEE.