What is "EU RoHS 3"?

Directive (EU) 2015/863 (often referred to in informal short-hand as "EU RoHS 3" or "RoHS 3") amends Directive 2011/65/EU (also referred to as "RoHS 2"), adding four substances to the original six restricted substances. These directives are intended to help protect the environment and residents from known hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The substances and restriction thresholds covered under these directives are:

Original 6 substances (2011/65/EU):

  • Lead(Pb) : 0.1%
  • Mercury: 0.1%
  • Cadmium(Cd): 0.01%
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+) : 0.1%
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): 0.1 %
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE): 0.1 %

Additional 4 substances ((EU) 2015/863):

  • Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP): max 0.1%
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP): max 0.1%)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP): max 0.1%
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP): max 0.1%

The restriction on the additional four substances goes into effect July 22, 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment other than categories 8 and 9. Categories 8 and 9 restrictions will go into effect July 22, 2021.

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