The Ecu Commission likely will propose an amendment towards the European Union’s 2011 Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS Directive) prior to the summer time. The Directive, that was adopted in Feb 2003 and required effect in This summer 2006, restricts prescribed medication hazardous materials from electronic and electrical goods.

A brand new suggested amendment would add substances to Annex II from the Directive, which specifies the prohibitions. Although there aren’t any final recommendations yet for that banned substances, research organizations have began proposing chemicals to ban (as detailed below).

Based on one recent report, research through the Atmosphere Agency Austria (EAA) has provisionally suggested adding the brominated flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane and three phthalates-bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)-for listing in Annex II of RoHS. The results of diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) will also be being examined through the German Institute for Applied Ecosystem.

Final recommendations is going to be offered at the finish of the month. For now, the ecu Commission is accepting comments until March 10 for possibly altering the electronic and electrical products taught in Directive. An exclusion for electric bicycles has been considered.

Importers could be most impacted by an EU ban on more substances in electronic and electrical goods and should know the suggested changes towards the Directive.

The Directive presently restricts using lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) within the output of electronic and electrical equipment. Products presently impacted by the Directive include household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, lights (including lightbulbs), electrical and electronic tools, toys and sports gear, medical devices, automatic dispensers, monitoring and control instruments and semiconductor devices.

The Directive was formerly amended this year.

-Alice Kilpatrick