The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU) is a CE Marking Directive which focusses on managing the health and environmental impact of hazardous substances by Manufacturers within the EU.
The Directive originally focussed on six substances; listed in Annex II; Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chrome, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated diphenyl Ethers (PBDE). An Amendment to the Directive; 2015/863 has been published which adds four more substances; Bis (2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). The amendment will apply from 22nd July 2019 with the exception of Medical (including in-vitro) Devices and Monitoring and Control instruments including Industrial Monitoring and Control Instruments for which it will apply from 22nd July 2021.
The addition of these four phthalates may not have widespread impact as they are already restricted under the Restriction, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACh) Regulation 1907/2006, however Manufacturers are urged to make sure that Technical Files and Declarations reflect this change before the implementation date.
Manufacturers should also be reminded that Category 11 of Annex I of the RoHS Directive; ‘All other EEE’ will fall under the scope of the Directive from 22nd July 2019.
If you need any help and support with CE Marking under the RoHS Directive, then please call us on 01564 792349
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