RoHS May Ban Four Phthalates by the End of 2019

original article from C&K Testing

It is reported by C&K Testing that the EU had been reviewing the draft of the amendment related with RoHS2.0. Information from Chemical Watch on 30 April reported that a new progress had been made on such amendment. According to the latest news, if unopposed, the Commission delegated Directive will add the phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP to the list of restricted substances set out in Annex II of the EU Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS2) in electrical and electronic equipment.

It is noted that Bis (2- ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) were considered as priority substances in previous RoHS2.0, while a new phthalate Diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP) is added and HBCDD is deleted in the latest proposal. DIBP is added as it may be a substitute for DEHP, DBP and BBP someday, and HBCDD is deleted because the European Commission deems that it is involved in Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants but beyond the regulatory scope of RoHS Directive.

The European Commission has sent it to the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, who have two months to decide if they want to oppose it or request an additional two months for the consideration. If no decision is received, the restrictions will be automatically adopted.

The delegated Directive will be implemented by EU member states by 31 December 2016. The restrictions will come into force on 22 July 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment, except medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, which will not come into force until 22 July 2021.

It is also noted that because applications for REACH authorisations have been submitted for two of the phthalates, DEHP and DBP, which include uses in electrical equipment, it will be necessary to add exemptions to the bans if the relevant authorisation applications are granted.

Meanwhile, Echa and Denmark are considering whether to propose a REACH restriction on the presence of the four phthalates in all articles.


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