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SGS, RoHS 2

EU RoHS 2 refers to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). It recast the first EU RoHS directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1) and entered into force on 21 July 2011.

Like RoHS 1, RoHS 2 restricts the use of certain hazardous substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Compared to RoHS 1, RoHS 2 not only expanded the scope of products covered, but also imposed new obligations on EEE manufacturers to prepare EU declaration of conformity and affix CE markings on finished products.

On 4 June 2015, the EU commission has published Directive (EU) 2015/863 to amend Annex II to EU RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) to add the following 4 phthalates onto the list of restricted substances.

Name of Phthalate Abbreviation  Limit
Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate  DEHP Max 0.1% 
Benzyl butyl phthalate BBP 
Dibutyl phthalate DBP 
Diisobutyl phthalate DIBP 
               

DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP are primarily used as plasticisers to soften plastics. Their restriction went into effect on 22 July 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment apart from Category 8 (medical devices) and Category 9 (monitoring and control equipment) that will have an additional two years to comply by 22 July 2021.

Currently, there are 10 hazardous substances restricted in EEE under EU RoHS 2.

Name of Substance Abbreviation  Limit
Cadmium Cd  0.01%
Mercury  Hg 

0.1%
Lead  Pb 
Hexavalent chromium Cr (VI) 
Polybrominated biphenyls  PBB 
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers  PBDE 
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate  DEHP 
Benzyl butyl phthalate BBP 
Dibutyl phthalate DBP 
Diisobutyl phthalate DIBP 
                                          

It shall be noted that above maximum concentration values apply to each homogeneous material rather than a product or a part itself. A homogeneous material means material of uniform composition throughout that cannot be mechanically separated into different materials.

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