EU RoHS 2 (2011/65/EU, also known as "RoHS Recast") replaced the original iteration of EU RoHS (2002/95/EC) in January of 2013. The same six substances are listed in both directives, however there were a number of additional compliance requirements introduced in 2011/65/EU. Below is a high-level summary of those additions:
- EU RoHS 2 now falls under the CE Mark
- Associated labeling and documentation requirements
- Exemptions are expiring
- Any exemptions being used must be disclosed
- New substances can be added
EU RoHS 2 was amended by Directive (EU) 2015/863, which added four more substances to the original six.
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 went into effect July 22, 2019 for all electrical and electronic equipment other than categories 8 and 9. Categories 8 and 9 restrictions went into effect July 22, 2021.
It's important to understand that the amended Directive is still RoHS 2; it is sometimes referred to as "RoHS 3" or "RoHS 10" but these terms are incorrect and may be misleading.
See also: What is EU RoHS 3?
This article is current as of 2021-09-23.