European Union (EU) Directive 2015/863 — an amendment to the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive — added four more substances to the list of chemicals regulated under EU RoHS. The new substances are all phthalates:
- Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP).
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
Restrictions for in-scope products containing these substances take effect on different dates, based on the product category (listed below).
|Product Categories||In-Scope Date for RoHS Phthalate Restrictions|
|1 through 7, 10, 11||July 22, 2019|
|8, 9||July 22, 2021|
These are the product category definitions:
|Product Category||Category Definition (Product Types)|
|Category 1||Large household appliances: refrigerators, washers, stoves, air conditioners.|
|Category 2||Small household appliances: vacuum cleaners, hairdryers, coffee makers, irons.|
|Category 3||Computing & communications equipment: computers, printers, copiers, phones.|
|Category 4||Consumer electronics: TVs, DVD players, stereos, video cameras.|
|Category 5||Lighting: lamps, lighting fixtures, light bulbs.|
|Category 6||Power tools: drills, saws, nail guns, sprayers, lathes, trimmers, blowers.|
|Category 7||Toys and sports equipment: videogames, electric trains, treadmills.|
|Category 8||Medical devices and equipment.|
|Category 9||Control and monitoring equipment.|
|Category 10||Automatic dispensers: vending machines, ATMs.|
|Category 11||All other electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) not covered under the other categories.|
Content accurate as of November 2018.