SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 097/15

SafeGuardS hand holding cable

The European Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 published on 4 June, 2015 added four phthalates to the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. The new substances in Annex II are Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

All four phthalates are also identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under REACH. With this amendment ten hazardous substances will now be restricted in Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under the EU RoHS Directive.

Phthalates are primarily used as plasticizers in plastics; particularly in soft PVC plastic. PVC is commonly used for wires and cables but can also be found on some electronic components or other plastic parts. Electric and Electronic Equipment containing these four substances can have a negative impact on recycling, the environment, and on human health during EEE waste management operations.

Below table indicates the applicable limits of the existing and newly added restricted substances under the RoHS directive.

Table 1

Substance Name

Maximum Concentration  in homogeneous material (% w/w)

Lead (Pb)


Mercury (Hg)


Cadmium (Cd)


Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI))


Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)


Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)


Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)


Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)


Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)


Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)


The new phthalate restrictions take effect on July 22, 2019 for all EEE except category 8 (medical devices) and category 9 (monitoring and control instruments). Category 8 and 9 products have an additional 2 years transition time and need to comply by July 22, 2021.

The amendment also makes clear that the restriction of DEHP, BBP and DBP shall not apply to toys which are already subject to the restriction of DEHP, BBP and DBP through entry 51 of Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006.

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including consultancy testing for the release of heavy metals in food contact materials and articles for the EU and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Source:DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/863

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