Umweltbundesamt RoHS2 Report


June 2014

The Austrian Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has published its Final Report of a Study for the Review of the List of Restricted Substances under RoHS2 on its RoHS 2 consultation website.

The main project outcomes are:

  • A manual on the ‘Methodology for Identification and Assessment of Substances for Inclusion in the List of Restricted Substances’ under the RoHS2 Directive.
  • An inventory of substances used in EEE.
  • A list of substances ranked according to their priority for a detailed assessment with a view to a potential restriction. Six priority groups were identified as follows:
    • Highest priority

      Eight substances were identified to be of highest priority: The 4 phthalates [Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP)]; chlorinated flame retardant tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate; 2 brominated flame retardants (Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) and 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol); Dibromoneopentyl-glycol

    • Second highest priority

      Four substances were identified to be of the second highest priority: antimony trioxide; diethyl phthalate (DEP); Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins

    • Third highest priority

      The polymer PVC, particularly because of its high waste relevance

    • Fourth highest priority

      Five substances were identified to be of the fourth highest priority: the Be-(compounds) [beryllium metal and beryllium oxide (BeO)]; the Ni-compounds [nickel sulphate and nickel sulfamate (=Nickel bis sulfamidate)]; Indium phosphide

    • Fifth highest priority

      Four substances were identified to be of the fifth highest priority: the two As-compounds di-arsenic pentoxide; (i.e. Arsenic pentoxide; Arsenic oxide) and di-arsenic trioxide (i.e. Arsenic trioxide); the two Co-compounds cobalt dichloride and cobalt sulfate

    • Sixth highest priority

      Two substances were identified to be of the sixth highest priority: cobalt metal and nonylphenol.

  • Detailed assessments of four selected substances in the highest priority group including a recommendation whether or not to restrict a given substance. To date, HBCDD, DEHP, BBP and DBP have been assessed. HBCDD is recommended for restriction under RoHS as a risk for the environment. All four substances have negative impacts on waste management.

On-going review of the list of restricted substances under RoHS: The Report recommends a periodic review of this nature every four years. This was supported by a majority of stakeholders involved in the project.

Source: Perchards/Sagis