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Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

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Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

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The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive currently restricts the use of ten substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). All products with an electrical and electronic component, unless specifically excluded, have to comply with these restrictions.

The public consultation on the RoHS review was open until 16 June 2022. The purpose was to collect information and views from stakeholders on how the RoHS Directive could be improved in order to maintain its relevance and increase its efficiency. The evaluation of the Directive flagged the following as potential areas for improvement:

  • The exemption process
  • The process of reviewing the list of restricted substances
  • The alignment of RoHS with other EU legislative frameworks (e.g. REACH, ESPR, etc.)

The revision of RoHS was scheduled for Q4 2022, but it was postponed. The RoHS revision is likely to be published after the completion of the REACH revision to ensure consistency and coherence between RoHS and REACH. This also means that RoHS will not be integrated into REACH.

16 February 2022
The European Commission has opened the call for evidence on the review of the RoHS Directive, which limits the use of certain harmful substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Feedback can be submitted until 14 March 2022....
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