EU RoHS & Phthalates

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.

Sources: EU Directive 2015/863; Substances Included in RoHS; What is "EU RoHS 3"?

Content accurate as of November 2018.

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