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The Oeko-Institut has launched a stakeholder consultation into four substances as part of its study to review and amend the EU Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) Annex II list of restricted substances.

SAFEGUARDS | Electrical and Electronics NO. 146/19

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On behalf of the European Commission, the Oeko-Institut has launched a six-week stakeholder consultation in relation to the Substance Review and Substance Inventory, part of the “Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2 (Pack 15).”

This is a "Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2", categorized as RoHS Pack 15, which was originally launched in January 2018. The study’s objective is to look at and update the existing methodology for identifying and assessing substances for possible restriction under RoHS 2. It will also update the inventory and assess the seven identified substances for the possible addition to RoHS 2. The second part of the study will focus on the methodology for exemption evaluation and the request for a new exemption.

The complete Substance Review will ultimately assess seven substances in relation to amending the RoHS 2 Annex II list of restricted substances, however the current consultation will collect comments on four groups of substances:

  • Cobalt dichloride and cobalt sulphate
  • Nickel sulphate and nickel sulfamate
  • Beryllium and its compounds
  • Indium phosphide

The final three substances - diantimony trioxide (flame retardant), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A, flame retardant) and medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) - Alkanes, 14-17, chloro – will be reviewed in a consultation to be published in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The Substance Inventory consultation aims to collect information concerning its updating and for the final determination of the substances to be subjected to the prioritization review.[1]

The consultations are aimed at following stakeholder groups:

  • EEE industry
  • EEE industry federations
  • Consultancies
  • Research institutions & universities
  • NGOs
  • Public administrations

The current consultation period began on September 26, 2019 and runs for six weeks, until November 7, 2019.

The Oeko-Institut has created a guidance document to help stakeholders. It contains information on the objective of the consultation, how to submit a comment, and contact details.[2]

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References

[1] Substance Inventory
[2] Stakeholder Consultation: Guidance Document

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