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The European Commission notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) its intention to restrict four more substances under RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2.0). The new subsntaces are phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP. HBCDD, which is one of the priority substances mentioned in Recital 10 of RoHS 2.0, is not restricted.

The new restriction is expected to be adopted by February or March 2015. By 22 July 2019, electrical and electronic equipment on the EU market will have to comply with the new requirements. Medical devices and monitoring and control instruments are exceptions until 22 July 2021. DEHP can be found in insulation for cables, capacitors and ceramics for electronics. BBP is possibly contained in PVC sheets, sealants and adhesives of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). DBPcan be part of components of EEE such as cables, plugs and shock absorbers. DIBP has very similar application properties to DBP and may be used to substitute DBP in most of its applications. Therefore, restriction of DIBP in electrical and electronic products under RoHS is recommended to be tied to that of the other three phthalates.

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Reference: Draft Commission Delegated Directive amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as Regards the List of Restricted Substances (11 pages + Annex 2 pages, in English)

Get a copy in PDF version: RoHS Directive - Four New Restricted Substances (PDF 222KB)