What to Know About RoHS Compliance Through 2019

What to Know About RoHS Compliance Through 2019

As far as the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive is concerned, phthalates are the hot topic through 2019. Companies in scope of the directive are reevaluating their products’ composition now, and taking steps to stay compliant.

Getting Ready for the Restriction of Four Phthalates

Four phthalates, a family of chemical compounds often used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics more pliant, will be restricted under RoHS on July 22, 2019. The four substances are:

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

Phthalate usage is common across many industries. Typical examples of electronic products that might contain the restricted substances include cables or units with soft buttons, such as instrument panels or entertainment units.

Prepare for this update by taking a close look at your product composition. If your products contain these substances, you’ll need significant response time to redesign, test, certify, repackage and 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.

Keep your electronics on the market. Download our whitepaper, Four New Phthalates: Understanding the Impact on Your RoHS Program.

Updates to RoHS Exemption List

If your company relies upon an exemption to use a substance, you may need to check your data this year. The European Commission recently made 16 updates to the RoHS exemption list, extending nine expired exemptions and publishing seven new ones. All will go into effect on March 1, 2020, except Exemption 42, which will become active when Category 11 comes into scope on July 22, 2019.

For any exemptions set to expire on July 21, 2021, time is running out for companies to apply for extensions. It takes time to prepare the paperwork for these requests, and companies that wish to apply for an extension should start now to make sure they are ready for the January 2020 deadline.

Five Steps to RoHS Compliance in 2019

To stay RoHS compliant in 2019, observe the following five-step process for achieving compliance with the directive’s new substance restrictions and exemptions.

  1. Engage subject matter experts (SMEs) for guidance.
  2. Collect declaration data from your suppliers.
  3. If necessary, begin the process of design change.
  4. Manufacture new product.
  5. Manage inventory/stock.

Assent’s RoHS Module can help you get ahead of your requirements this year. It enables you to collect, store and assess RoHS data from the same interface you use to manage the rest of your product compliance requirements. A full material disclosure solution can  ensure you’re always a few clicks away from getting quick answers to these issues when new substances are restricted.

To learn more about how Assent can help you maintain market access, contact our experts at info@assentcompliance.com.