RoHS-2 Vs. RoHS-3

 

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RoHS 3

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), has had a substantial and permanent effect on the materials that go into many of the electronic products we make.

RoHS 2 (formally known as directive 2011/65/EU), which is the current version, restricts the amount of six substances (the first six on the list below) to trace amounts in Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE). It replaced the original RoHS 1 legislature (2002/95/EC), which was released in 2002, by updating the scope and applicable types of products.

RoHS 3 was been announced, which expands the list of prohibited substances from six to ten by adding four new types of phthalates. This directive has already been adopted by the EU legislature, and member states have until December 2016 to inform suppliers how they are required to meet the standards of RoHS 3. Suppliers then have until the 22nd of July 2019 to meet these provisions.

The restriction of DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP shall not apply to cables or spare parts for the repair, the reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of EEE placed on the market before 22 July 2019.

The new list is as follows:

RoHS specifies maximum levels for the following restricted materials:

  • Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg): < 100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd): < 100 ppm
  • Hexavalent Chromium: (Cr VI) < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): < 1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): < 1000 ppm
  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): < 1000 ppm
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): < 1000 ppm
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): < 1000 ppm

RoHS Impacted & Exempted Categories

The RoHS Directive currently applies to products in Categories 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 as per Schedule 1 of the WEEE Directive. Categories 8 and 9 of the RoHS Directive are currently exempted from compliance.

The following product categories are impacted under the RoHS Directive:

Cat 1. Large household appliances: refrigerators, washers, stoves, air conditioners

Cat 2. Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons

Cat 3. Computing & communications equipment: computers, printers, copiers, phones

Cat 4. Consumer electronics: TVs, DVD players, stereos, video cameras

Cat 5. Lighting: lamps, lighting fixtures, light bulbs

Cat 6. Power tools: drills, saws, nail guns, sprayers, lathes, trimmers, blowers

Cat 7. Toys and sports equipment: videogames, electric trains, treadmills

Cat 10. Automatic dispensers: vending machines, ATM machines

 

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