On November 15th 2017, the European Commission published the directive (EU) 2017/2102 thereby modifying the 2011/65/EU directive, which limits the use of several dangerous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). Here, EcoMundo summarizes the changes established by this regulatory update.

La Commission Européenne met à jour la directive RoHS 2

New substances included in RoHS 2

Reminder: what the 2011/65/UE directive says

The 2011/65/UE diretive aims at restricting the use of some dangerous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. It also draws a parallel between the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives in order to have a better control over the protection of human health and the environment, as well as the environment-friendly elimination of waste derived from EEE.

Involved substances

The RoHS 1 directive already banned the use of six substances over 0.1% of concentration. They were the following:

  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Polybromminated biphenyl (PBB)
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Polybrominated biphenyl ethers(PBDE)
  • Cadmium (limit of concentration of 0.01%)

RoHS 2 adds up four newly banned substances to this already existing list. Their use is limited to a concentration of 0.1%. They are:

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phtalate (DEHP)
  • Butyl benzyl phtalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl phtalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phtalate (DIBP)

Involved categories of products

RoHS identifies nine categories of products affected by the (UE) 2017/2102 directive. Here is the list:

  • Large and small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications
  • Consumer equipment
  • Electrical and electronics tools
  • Lighting equipment
  • Toys, leisure and sport equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and control instruments
  • Automatic dispensers

Therefore, the categories of products excluded by RoHS are :

  • Military and space equipment
  • Large scale, industrial tools and fixed installations
  • Means of transport
  • Non-road mobile machinery
  • Active, implantable medical devices
  • Photovoltaix panels
  • R & D equipment
  • Batteries and accumulators

The implementation of RoHS 2 proves to be challenging for some specific categories of products

On January 2017, a proposal of modification of RoHS 2 was submitted to the European Commission so as to solve some difficulties. The Commission’s answer, voted in October, withholds four essential topics.

  • First, the Commission proposes that the resale of EEE be exempt of restrictions after the expiration date of the RoHS directive, on July 2019.
  • Then, the Commission also tackled the issue of spare parts. It appears that said parts are no longer submitted to the obligation of conformity established by RoHS 2.
  • About the distortion between non-road mobile machinery connected through a cable and identical machinery powered by a battery or an engine (aside from RoHS2), the Commission decided to exclude double machinery connected through cables from the application scope of the directive.
  • Finally, pipe organs are now allowed on the market.

Want to know more about RoHS ?

 

For more information on RoHS, do not hesitate to contact our expert Mrs. Lucie Echaniz by phone: +331 83 64 20 54 if you are calling for Europe or +1 (778) 234 1607 if you are calling from North America or by email at: [email protected] [email protected]

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