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RoHS 3 update - what has changed?

RoHS 3 update - what has changed?

On 22 July 2019 there will be a change to the RoHS directive (2011/65/EU).

The Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) directive (2011/65/EU) became UK law in January 2013. It banned the sale in the European Union of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. This directive has now been updated (2015/863) and from 22 July 2019, four new phthalates will be added to the restricted list. The complete list of restricted substances and the permitted maximum levels are:

  • Cadmium - 0.01%
  • Lead - 0.1%
  • Mercury - 0.1%
  • Hexavalent chromium - 0.1%
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) - 0.1%
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) - 0.1%
  • Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) - 0.1%
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) - 0.1%
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - 0.1%
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) - 0.1%

What is Rapid doing to comply with RoHS 3?
"In order to ensure compliance we have been engaging with our supply chain to ensure all products that require to be RoHS 3 compliant are before 22 July," Gavin Sturman, Procurement Manager at Rapid, said. "This period of supply chain engagement has now been completed so we have been able to create an overall business declaration on Rapid's understanding of RoHS 3 compliance, as well as updated compliance to the directive at product level."

RoHS3What can customers do to confirm that the products they are buying are RoHS 3 compliant?
"Products that comply with the terms of the RoHS directive are indicated on the Rapid website by a white tick in a green circle", says Sturman. "Clicking this icon on the product information pages displays a RoHS compliance certificate, confirming that the product does not contain any of the restricted substances in the permitted maximum concentrations. This certificate can be used by our customers to show evidence of compliance in their supply chain."

For any enquiries related to RoHS 3, please email us. To view more information about our RoHS 3 compliance, click here..

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