Vol. 144 - EU RoHS Directive – Four Phthalates Added to the List of Restricted Substances

The European Commission published Directive (EU) 2015/863 on 4 June 2015 adding 4 phthalates to the list of restricted substances in Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). European Union member states shall apply their adopted provisions from 22 July 2019. Here are highlights of this Directive:

  1. The restrictions will come into force on 22 July 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), except medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, which can be placed on the market until 22 July 2021.
  2. The restriction of phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall not apply to cables or spare parts for the repair, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2019, and of medical devices, and monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2021.
  3. The restriction of phthalates DEHP, BBP and DBP shall not apply to toys which are already subject to the restriction of DEHP, BBP and DBP through entry 51 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH).
  4. Phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP are added to Annex II “Restricted substances referred to in Article 4(1) and maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials.”
New List of Restricted Substances
Substance NameLimit (%)
Hexavalent chromium0.1%
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)0.1%
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)0.1%
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)0.1%
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)0.1%
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)0.1%
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)0.1%

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