RoHS Phthalate Restrictions Come Into Effect

RoHS Phthalate Restrictions Come Into Effect

Brought into force in 2006 to restrict the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive initially regulated only six materials. On July 22, 2019, four new substance restrictions were brought into effect: 

  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP).
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

Phthalates, which are used to soften plastics, are endocrine disruptors, and therefore harmful to reproductive systems. Their addition to the RoHS list of restricted substates brings the total number of substances in scope of RoHS to 10, further expanding the regulatory landscape surrounding hazardous substances. 

The newly-added phthalates are most commonly found in products containing cables, wires and power cords, as well as buttons on items such as stereos and instrument panels. If these substances are present above the 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) threshold in homogeneous materials, the product cannot be placed on the EU market.  

There is an exception for medical devices (Category 8), and monitoring and control instruments (Category 9). Manufacturers of these products have until July 22, 2021, to remove the four phthalates from their products.

How Assent Can Help

It is imperative that businesses selling into the EU avoid disruption by ensuring product declarations are up to date and new restricted substances are not present in their products. Assent’s RoHS Module automates and streamlines supply chain data management and supplier outreach, helping companies improve response rates, collect and validate supply chain data, and maintain RoHS compliance. 

To learn how Assent’s supply chain data management solution can support your RoHS program, contact