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The European Union (EU) has made amendments to its restrictions on hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Issued on November 21, 2017, the directive, 2017/2102, is the latest directive to amend 2011/65/EU of RoHS 2.

2011/65/EU of RoHS 2 was original published in the Official Journal of the European Union on July 1, 2011. This was then updated on June 4, 2015, when four phthalates were added to the list of restricted substances.

(EU) 2017/2102 makes several changes to Directive 2011/65/EU, including:

  • Excluding pipe organs from the scope of RoHS 2
  • Amending the definition of “non-road mobile machinery made available exclusively for professional use”
  • Adding, ‘All other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before 22 July 2019’ to the scope of RoHS 2
  • Adding, ‘(ea) all other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before 22 July 2019’ to paragraph 4, Article 4
  • Provided that reuse takes place in auditable closed-loop business-to-business return systems, and that the reuse of spare parts is notified to the consumer, paragraph 1 shall not apply to reused spare parts:

o Recovered from EEE placed on the market before July 1, 2006 and used in EEE placed on the market before July 1, 2016

o Recovered from medical devices or monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before July 22, 2014 and used in EEE placed on the market before July 22, 2024

o Recovered from in vitro diagnostic medical devices placed on the market before July 22, 2016 and used in EEE placed on the market before July 22, 2026

o Recovered from industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before July 22, 2017 and used in EEE placed on the market before July 22, 2027

o Recovered from all other EEE that was outside the scope of Directive 2002/95/EC and which is placed on the market before July 22, 2019, and used in EEE placed on the market before July 22, 2029

  • For the exemptions listed in Annex III as at July 21, 2011, unless a shorter period is specified, the maximum validity period, which may be renewed, shall be:

o For categories 1 to 7 and category 10 of Annex I, five years from July 21, 2011

o For categories 8 and 9 of Annex I, seven years from the relevant dates laid down in Article 4(3)

o For category 11 of Annex I, five years from July 22, 2019

Stakeholders are now advised to check their products are compliant with the latest requirements for European RoHS 2.

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For further information contact:

Martin Du

Technical Support, EET RSTS

Tel: (86) 0755-25328888-8049

Email: crs.media@sgs.com

Website: www.sgs.com/ee

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