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Are you ready for the inclusion of phthalates to RoHS2?

As adopted 31 March 2015, the European Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 will take effect this year, amending annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU to include four phthalates.

From 22 July 2019 the four phthalates Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) will be restricted under RoHS2 for all EEE with the exception of category 8 and 9 (medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, for which the restrictions will apply from 22 July 2021).

DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP will individually have a maximum tolerated concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials. Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers and found as additives in plastics, adhesives, paints, rubbers and similar materials, making them flexible and stretchable, for example vinyl resins such as PVC often found in cable coatings.

To place electrical and electronic equipment containing any of the phthalates on the market after 22 July you must apply for an exemption with the European Commission or find an alternative substance. Does your products contain any of the four phthalates? Find out how TPP can assist you in staying current with changes to the RoHS directive here.