The European Union introduces RoHS 3

by Source Intelligence

on July 31, 2017

On July 22, 2019, EU Directive 2015/863, better known as RoHS 3, came into affect. The update to the regulation adds 4 substances to the RoHS substances of very high concern list, and adds category 11 products. What does all this mean? Let's break it down.


4 New RoHS Substances 


RoHS previously had 6 substances of very high concern on their list. As mentioned above, RoHS 3 introduces four new substances, bringing the total to 10. All the new substances are phthalates and are mainly used as insulation plasticizers. The ten substances that RoHS covers are:


  • Cadmium (0.01 %)
  • Lead (0.1 %)
  • Mercury (0.1 %)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0.1 %)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1 %)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (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 %)


Category 11 Products


RoHS 3 has also added Category 11 (catch-all) products. These products include electronic and electrical equipment not covered under the other categories such as 2-wheeled vehicles, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, cannabis vaporizers and vape pens. Electrical cables that are less than 250V working voltage are also included.


What Is Significant about the RoHS 3 Update?


There's a few things about the new RoHS 3 that are significant, and will be of interest to companies who are actively importing or selling products in the EU:


  • All four of these phthalates are also on the REACH list of SVHCs.

  • If you are part of the medical devices business sector, you have until July 22, 2021 to meet RoHS 3 compliance

  • RoHS 3 pertains to products placed on the market on or after July 22, 2019.


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