How Four Restricted Phthalates Will Impact Your RoHS Program

How Four Restricted Phthalates Will Impact Your RoHS Program

Four phthalates will soon be restricted under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, and in-scope companies — especially those with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in their products — are advised to reevaluate their substance data.

The four substances all fall under the phthalates family of chemical compounds, which are added to PVC plastic to make it more pliant. They are typically used in the electronics industry to create soft buttons for instrument panels or car stereos. Most cables also make use of the substances.

The substances are:

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

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The update to the directive will go into effect on July 22, 2019. However, to ensure a smooth transition, companies that produce medical devices and monitoring and control equipment have a further two years to comply (July 22, 2021).

Phthalate usage is high across the manufacturing industry. If your company is currently in scope of the RoHS Directive, you should begin preparing for this update immediately by taking a close look at your product composition. If your products contain these substances, you’ll need significant response time to:

  • Redesign the parts that have become restricted.
  • Test the redesigned parts.
  • Get the redesigned product certified.
  • Repackage the product.
  • Rebuild stock.

The earlier you begin preparing, the more time you will have to plan and deploy a strategy to keep your products on the market and fulfill contracts.

Assent’s RoHS Module can help you get an early start by surveying your suppliers for the existence of these phthalates in your supply chain. It also enables you to collect, store and assess data from the same interface you use to manage the rest of your product compliance requirements. Beyond RoHS, leveraging a full material disclosure solution can ensure you’re always aware of the risks updates such as these present to the ongoing viability of your products.

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