First RoHS Stakeholder Consultation on Seven Substances Launched Under ‘Pack 15’ Project

Oeko-Institut launches stakeholder consultation on seven new substances for review and amendment under RoHS Annex II, as part of the RoHS project “Pack 15”.
( | Press Release | 2018-06-08 12:38:05 )
The Oeko-Institut has launched the first stakeholder consultation to be held as part of the RoHS project- “Study on the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2 – Pack 15”. Launched on April 20, 2018, the consultation covers seven substances for review and amendment in RoHS Annex II.

The seven substances, with common uses in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), are:

• Diantimony trioxide – common uses:
o Flame retardant synergist in plastics and rubber, such as housings for PCs, TVs, printed circuit boards, connectors, moldings, plugs and switches, wires and cables, semiconductors, ultra-pure silicon wafers and other small and large household applications
o Melting agent in glass-ceramic hobs in household appliances and in glass for TV and PC screens
• Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) – common uses:
o Reactive flame retardant in printed circuit boards (PCBs)
o Reactive component of flame-retarded epoxy and polycarbonate resins
o Additional reactive flame retardant in polycarbonate and unsaturated polyester resins
o Additive flame retardant in polymeric material in housing and packaging
o Additive flame retardant TBBP-A in acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resins
• Indium phosphide (InP) – common uses:
o Semiconductor in electronics
• Medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) – common uses:
o Plasticizer in a wide range of applications, especially PVC, such as for EEE cable and wire sheathing and insulation
o Plasticizer with flame retardant properties in rubber insulation and sheathing for cables and wires
o Plasticizer with flame retardant properties in adhesives and sealants in non-foam polyurethane
o Plasticizer in paints and varnishes used in chlorinated rubber or copolymer paints less frequently in resin-based paints
• Beryllium and its compounds – common uses:
o Beryllium metal and composites: optical instruments, X-ray windows
o Beryllium-containing alloys: current carrying springs, integrated circuitry sockets
o Beryllium oxide (BeO): In electrical/electronic articles, electrical batteries and accumulators, substrates for high power electronic devices, laser beam guidance
• Nickel sulfate / nickel sulfamate – common uses:
o Nickel sulfate: In “nickel plating”
o Nickel sulfamate: In metal surface treatment (nickel electroforming, nickel electroplating and nickel electroless technologies), in production of batteries, in production of nickel salts from nickel sulfate
• Cobalt dichloride / cobalt sulfate – common uses:
o In plating processes in surface treatment (used in telecommunications, electronics, storage media, household articles)
o In manufacture of inorganic pigments, frits, glass, ceramic ware, varistors and magnets, and in calcination/sintering processes (for semiconductors used in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products, electrical equipment)

This is the first stakeholder consultation launched from the study. The first part of the study is entitled ‘Substance Review’ and is looking at updating the current methodologies to identify and assess substances for possible restriction, the substance inventory, and also look at the quantity of substances for future possible restrictions. The study will gain information by survey, direct consultation and three stakeholder consultations. Stakeholders are therefore advised to participate in the study to ensure a broad range of opinions.

Stakeholders have until June 15, 2018, to submit their views.

SGS RoHS Services
Through a global network of laboratories and our requirements experts, SGS offers advisory services on requirements and compliance solutions to support companies affected by this Directive, be it for their conformity assessment or risk management in the supply chain. SGS offers RoHS testing services in laboratories accredited for the international standards applicable to these requirements and SGS RoHS Certification which is a voluntary product certification scheme. Learn more about SGS’s RoHS Services []

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For further information contact:

Li Li
Technical Support, EET RSTS
Tel: +86 21 61405135

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