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Changes in EU RoHS 2 come in force in July

The EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (also known as RoHS 2) restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment has been in force since June 2006 in the entire EU. However, the requirements of the EU RoHS have been applied to manufacturers of electronic equipment gradually as various electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) categories have come into scope one by one over the years.

On March 31, 2015, the European Commission added four new phthalate substances to the restricted substances list under Annex II of the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. An amendment to the EU RoHS Directive 2015/863 was published in the EU Official Journal on June 4, 2015.

The new substance restrictions took effect on July 22, 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment categories except medical devices, including in vitro medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments, including industrial monitoring and control instruments. These products have a two-year extension until July 22, 2021 to meet RoHS compliance.

From this date, a Certificates of Compliance from suppliers must include coverage of four new EU RoHS substances. The new substances and their maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials are:

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0,1 %)

  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0,1 %)

  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1 %)

  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1 %)

Homogenous materials that contain more than 0.1 weight percent of the named substance (Cd 0.01 weight percent) can not be used in electrical equipment which come under the 11 categories of equipment under EU RoHS-2.

All businesses that sell applicable electronic products, sub-assemblies or components directly to EU countries, or sell to resellers, distributors or integrators must comply with RoHS requirements if they utilize any of the restricted materials.

There were 10 different categories for which the RoHS Directive was applicable. As of July 22, 2019, category 11 was added.

Category “11” includes: “other EEE not covered by any of the categories above”, such as 2-wheeled vehicles, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, cannabis vaporizers, and vape pens. Electrical cables that are less than 250V of working voltage are also added. This scope of application is open to all equipment that meets the definitions of "Electrical and Electronic Equipment" of EU RoHS-2.

The complete list of eleven categories:

1. Large household appliances

2. Small household appliances

3. IT and telecommunications equipment

4. Consumer equipment

5. Lighting equipment

6. Electrical and electronic tools

7. Toys, leisure, and sport equipment

8. Medical devices

9. Monitoring and control instruments including industrial monitoring and control instruments

10. Automatic dispensers

11. Other EEE not covered by any of the categories above.

Non-compliant products can not be CE-marked and sold in the European Union or to customers who otherwise require the CE mark.

Note that the EU RoHS 2 Directive has not been changed to a new version of “RoHS 3”. Even though the four new substances have been added to EU RoHS 2 Directive, it is still officially considered the “RoHS 2” regulation by the European Commission.

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The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.

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