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Öko-Institut Publishes Final Report Regarding Potential Additions to Annex II of the RoHS Directive

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The Öko-Institut has published their final report from Pack 15, which includes an assessment of potential impacts caused by restrictions on several substances (or groups of substances).


Not recommended for inclusion into Annex II of the RoHS Directive:

– Beryllium and its compounds

– Five cobalt salts

– Diantimony trioxide (ATO, flame retardant)

– Indium phosphide (InP)

– Nickel sulfate and nickel sulfamate


Recommended for inclusion into Annex II of the RoHS Directive:

– Medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) – Alkanes, 14-17, chloro

– Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A, flame retardant)


Annex II of the RoHS directive was amended in 2015 and currently lists ten restricted substances, as well as their associated maximum concentration value by weight in homogenous materials. The maximum permitted concentration of all substances is 0.1% except cadmium, which is restricted at 0.01%. However, certain substances may be exempt from restriction when it is technically or scientifically impracticable to prohibit their usage.


Lead (Pb)

Mercury (Hg)

Cadmium (Cd)

Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)

Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)

Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)


The RoHS Directive was created to reduce the environmental and health impacts of electronics by restricting specific hazardous materials and substances found in electrical and electronic equipment. Additional substances that are identified as potentially hazardous are evaluated against guidelines set in Article 6(1) of the RoHS Directive.


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