Countdown to 5 days! 丨RoHS directive will usher in the biggest adjustment


The new rules are coming

The European Commission issued the Directive (EU) 2015/863 to amend 2011/65/EU (ROHS 2.0) to include four phthalates in the list of restricted substances. The revised Directive has been officially implemented since July 22, 2019, requiring all electronic and electrical products sold in the EU to not exceed the limit requirements of 10 restricted substances.

01. What is RoHS?

RoHS is a mandatory standard enacted by EU legislation. Its full name is the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). It came into effect on February 13, 2003 and will be implemented on July 1, 2006.

On June 8, 2011, the EU announced a new version of the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU, RoHS 2.0) and replaced the original 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1.0) on January 3, 2013.

On June 4, 2015, the European Union issued the amendment (EU) 2015/863, officially listed four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP) in the RoHS 2.0 restriction list, stipulating the removal of medical equipment. And other electrical and electronic products outside the monitoring equipment.

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Since July 22, 2019, electrical and electronic products (except medical equipment and monitoring equipment) exported to the EU will impose restrictions on four ortho-benzenes and comprehensive control of 10 substances:

The four new restricted toxic and hazardous substances are as follows:

1. diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP), used as a plasticizer for PVC, can be used as a substitute for DBP, can also be used as a cellulose resin, vinyl resin, nitrile rubber and neoprene Plasticizer.

2. (2-ethylhexyl phthalate) (DEHP), mainly used as a PVC plasticizer, and PVC is used as an insulator such as cables and wires in electrical and electronic equipment. A small amount of DEHP is used in other non-polymer applications, such as ceramic or capacitor electrolytes for electronic products.

3. dibutyl phthalate (DBP), mainly used in combination with other plasticizers in PVC parts such as cables, sockets, pipes, shock absorbers, in addition to some non-polymers such as paints, adhesives, Sealant and printing ink.

4. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), mainly used as a plasticizer in PVC flooring, may be found in synthetic leather, textile coatings, PVC materials, printing inks, sealants and adhesives in electrical and electronic equipment.

02. RoHS FAQs

Q: What is the difference between RoHS2.0 and RoHS1.0?
A: Both RoHS 1.0 and RoHS 2.0 are common names, not officially referred to, and refer to the original RoHS directive and its revised directive. The original 6 items: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers; RoHS 2.0 added four ortho-benzenes DBP, BBP, DEHP, DIBP;
RoHS 1.0: The RoHS Directive is an abbreviation for the European Union Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, with the instruction number 2002/95/EC. The directive was issued on February 13, 2003 in the Official Journal of the European Union. The order has been voided.

RoHS 2.0:2011/65/EU was released on June 8, 2011, and officially replaced 2002/95/EC on January 3, 2013. The restricted substances are still lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers. But the directive proposes that it will increase the control of ortho-benzene. On June 4, 2015, the European Commission issued (EU) Directive 2015/863, revised the list of restricted substances in Annex 2 of the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU), adding 4 items of ortho-benzene (DBP, BBP, DEHP). , DIBP).

Q: What is the scope of the RoHS coverage?
A: The RoHS Directive controls electronic and electrical equipment sold in the EU and its member states. The specific types are as follows:

Q: What is the test object for RoHS?
A: The RoHS Directive requires tests to be tested on homogeneous materials. Homogeneous materials are materials that cannot be mechanically separated into different materials. “Homogeneous” means “all the same composition”. The following materials are homogeneous materials: plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, alloy, paper, wood, resin and coating.

Q: What are the typical exemptions for RoHS?
A: The RoHS Directive is exempt from some materials that cannot meet the restrictions under the current state of technology and technology. The more common ones are the lead content of aluminum alloys and copper alloys. The exemption clauses are as follows.

Q: What is the risk of violating the RoHS directive?
A: Products that violate the RoHS Directive are prohibited from being sold in the EU market. If the product is found to be untrue or 10 kinds of harmful substances exceeds the limit in the EU market, it will not only be returned, paid for destruction, and will be fined, and will be blacklisted, and the EU will not be allowed to import and sell. .

03. AGC recommendations

In view of the recent EU member states' frequent inspection of RoHS compliance in the market enforcement process, and the implementation of the 10 new regulations of RoHS, which has entered the countdown of 5 days, AGC recommends that export enterprises should pay attention to the update of RoHS directives and take control measures in advance to ensure Product compliance.

AGC has RoHS testing capability and qualification, and is willing to ensure product compliance for enterprises.

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