New EU RoHS Compliance Conditions
By Rachel

As of July 22, 2019, the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive applies to all electronics and electronic equipment exported to EU, regardless of type, design or purpose. RoHS applies to all manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers and distributors of electronics and electronic equipment in any restricted product category. A number of updates have been made to the RoHS directive, which we outline here for your convenience.

The original directive (2002/95/EC) known as RoHS created restrictions for six key hazardous substances:

Substance Limit
Lead (Pb) 0.1%
Cadmium (Cd) 0.01%
Mercury (Hg) 0.1%
Hexavalent Chromium (CR VI) 0.1%
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) 0.1%
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) 0.1%

EU Directive 2015/863 adds four new restricted substances – all phthalates to the restriction list. These substances are mainly used as insulation plasticizers.

Newly added substance Limit
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP) 0.1%
Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BPP) 0.1%
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) 0.1%
Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP) 0.1%

RoHS Product Categories

The following categories of products require RoHS testing before they can be sold in the EU:

  • Automatic dispensers
  • Consumer equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Large household appliances
  • Lighting equipment
  • Medical devices*
  • Monitoring devices*
  • Small household appliances
  • Toys, leisure and sport equipment
  • All other electronic devices

*Effective July 22, 2021

All parties involved in the supply chain of electronics and electronic equipment have a responsibility to ensure that their products comply with all requirements set out in the RoHS directive regulations. They should not only ensure the compliance of finished products, but also component parts which may be ordered and inventoried during the manufacturing process.

In some cases, components may be inventoried at suppliers for over one year before being used to assemble a product, making it essential to understand these new updated conditions. In this way, businesses can plan their substitution of these substances accordingly.

HQTS is working steadily bring all factories and partners into compliance with the new requirements by providing factory audits and RoHS testing as a package service to factories to ensure products are safe and ready for the market.