What is "EU RoHS 2"?

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.

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