The delegated Commission Directive (EU) 2015/863 of 31 March 2015 amending the Annex II to the Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council called the RoHS 2 Directive will enter into force on 22 July 2019.
In addition to the existing restrictions on the maximum concentrations of such substances as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in homogenous materials, the new restrictions will apply to the following substances:
- Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
- Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
What are phthalates?
Phthalates are organic compounds used in production of plastics to improve their characteristics, in particular they are widely used in production of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) articles. Phthalates are used as so called plasticisers to soften the materials made of plastics. Due to their price, which is relatively low, and improved durability of articles made of them, phthalates are quite popular among manufacturers.
Phthalates are used, among others, in such articles as:
- electrical and electronic equipment,
- foils, lacquers, paints, solvents, lubricants
- vinyl wallpapers, carpeting, window blinds, roofing
- sports articles,
- raincoats, rain boots,
- air fresheners, foils for food packaging,
- paper towels, toys,
- elements of automotive bodyworks made of plastics
Products that will not be restricted since 22 July 2019:
- In vitro diagnostic medical devices, monitoring and control instruments will be covered by restrictions on phthalates since 22 July 2021.
- Cables or spare parts to repair, reuse, improve functionality or increase capabilities of the electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market before 22 July 2019.
- Toys that are already restricted in terms of DEHP, BBP and DBP pursuant to Annex XVII, item 51, of the Regulation (EC) 1907/2006.
Who examines the compliance with Directive 2011/65/UE in Poland?
Little number of companies carry out comprehensive examinations that include both Rohs 2 and Rohs 3.
One of such companies is Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy RCC [RCC Research and Development Centre] Our chemical laboratory carries out the following examinations:
Tests detecting the maximum concentration of lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium total, bromine total and BBP, DBP, DIBP phthalates.
Analyses determining the presence and concentration of chromium VI and PBB and PBDE
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.