Europe Bans Halogenated Flame Retardants in Plastic Enclosures & Monitors

Europe Bans Halogenated Flame Retardants in Plastic Enclosures & Monitors

On October 1, 2019, the European Union (EU) adopted Regulation (EU) 2019/2021, a package of ecodesign requirements for electronic displays. The regulation amends European Commission Regulation (EC) 1275/2008 — which outlines ecodesign requirements for standby and off mode electric power consumption of electrical and electronic household and office equipment — and repeals Commission Regulation (EC) 642/2009 — which outlines ecodesign requirements for televisions.

As part of this new package of requirements, a ban on the use of halogenated flame retardants in plastic enclosures and stands of electronic displays will come into effect on March 1, 2021. This will impact any manufacturers with electronic displays on the EU Single Market, including the manufacturers of televisions, computer monitors or digital signage displays, regardless of where they are manufactured.

The regulation also introduces new material efficiency and labeling requirements. After the March deadline, labels for electronic displays must state whether the product contains certain hazardous substances, including the new “cadmium inside” and “cadmium-free” logos.

To make these changes before the deadline, suppliers to electronic display manufacturers need to be informed as early as possible to ensure they have adequate time to collect the required information and make any necessary changes to the composition of their parts. International suppliers will also need advance warning to ensure that non-compliant products aren’t shipped to the EU on or after the deadline.

Products that will be excluded from the regulation include:

  • Any electronic display with a screen area smaller than or equal to 100 square centimeters.
  • Projectors.
  • All-in-one video conference systems.
  • Medical displays.
  • Virtual reality headsets.
  • Military equipment.
  • Other equipment excluded from the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.

How Assent Can Help

Assent Compliance’s best-in-class supply chain data management solution enables companies to track the presence of controlled substances, such as halogenated flame retardants, in products. By leveraging Assent’s full material disclosure solution, companies can streamline product composition data collection and have the information they need to adapt to regulatory changes readily available.

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