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On 08, Jan 2014 | In | By admin

RoHS

RoHS Directive: Restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

The use of harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment is limited in more and more countries around the world, since they pose risks to people and the environment, especially with regard to product recycling.

The EU leads the way with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC and its follow-up Directive 2011/65/EU, the so-called RoHS-Recast: Lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and cadmium may no longer be used, with some exceptions, in electrical and electronic devices that are marketed in the EU.

On June 4, 2015, the EU Commission has published further substance restrictions for four phthalates: Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) , Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). The substance restrictions shall apply from July 22, 2019. For medical devices, including in vitro medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments, the restriction of DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall apply from July 22, 2021.

EU member states have to transpose the provisions into national law until December 31, 2016 at the latest.

Regulations similar to RoHS exist, for instance, in Turkey, United States and some Asian countries like China, South Korea or Japan.