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Europe RoHS3 with 12 Substances?

We often read in the literature that we need to comply with Europe RoHS3 since the inclusion of 4 phthalates to the restricted substances list: BBP, DBP, DIBP, DEHP.

RoHS2 or RoHS3

However, we are still under Europe RoHS2, also called RoHS recast, which is the directive 2011/65/EU. The addition of the four phthalates is just one of the tens of amendments of EU RoHS2, with the amendment 2015/863.

As a result, a total of 10 substances are currently restricted under EU RoHS: Lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr 6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and the four above listed phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP).

Oko Institut

7 additional types of substances have been under investigation and consultation for their potential inclusion in the Europe RoHS list of restricted substances.  All of these substances have potentially negative effects on human health or the environment. 

These hazardous substances, which are used in various applications in electrical and electronic equipment, are:

  • Beryllium & its compounds
  • Cobalt Dichloride & Cobalt Sulphate
  • Diantimony Trioxide (flame retardant) 
  • Indium Phosphide
  • Medium Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (MCCPs)
  • Nickel Sulphate & Nickel Sulfamate
  • Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) (flame retardant)

True RoHS3 or RoHS4?

The German Oeko-Institut, the Institute for Applied Ecology, is in charge of this assessment initiative, requested by the European Commission.

PCB bare board TBBP-A

As a result, on April 27th, 2020, 2 of these 7 potential new substances were recommended to be added to the RoHS substances list:

  • Medium Chain Chlorinated Paraffins (MCCPs) with a chain length of C14-17 – linear or branched,  and 
  • Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A)

Both MCCPs and TBBP-A are used as flame retardants. MCCPs are also plasticizers.

MCCPs are found in plastics, especially PVC parts, cables, and casings. 

TBBPA is particularly used in epoxy resin of circuit boards, as well as polycarbonate and polyester resins, especially in thermoplastic components.  TBBPA is considered an endocrine disruptor that is persistent in the environment.

If approved, a total of 12 substances will be restricted under RoHS for electrical and electronic equipment placed into the European Union.

If any, the new RoHS candidate substances will not be officially added to the RoHS list before 2023.  Stay with us!

Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Enviropass.