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Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Review of the list of restricted substances

2018 Review

A new study to support the review of the list of restricted substances, combined with an assessment of a new exemption request under Directive 2011/65/EU, has been launched in January 2018.

The objective of the study is to update the existing methodology for identifying and assessing substances for possible restriction under RoHS 2. Furthermore, an update of the substance inventory shall be performed, as well as the assessment of seven substances identified in previous studies for possible future restriction. The second part of the study shall focus on methodology for exemption evaluation and a request for a new exemption.

Several stakeholder consultations and meetings were part of this study. List of stakeholder consultations is available on the consultant's website. First stakeholder consultation took place from 20 April to 15 June 2018; second stakeholder consultations from 26 October to 21 December 2018 and from 05 December 2019 until 13 February 2020 .

On 27 April 2020, a final webinar on conclusions of this study will take place. For registration and more details, please visit the consultant’s website.

The Commission expert group accompanying future substance reviews under Directive 2011/65/EU was also consulted. A continuously open call for additional members of this group has been launched.

Further details are available on the consultant's website.

Restriction proposals by Member States

In June 2018, the Swedish Chemicals Agency submitted to the Commission a proposal to add Medium-Chained Chlorinated Paraffins to the list of restricted substances. The dossier is available here.

2012 Review

The European Commission launched two studies with the objectives of:

  • developing a methodology to identify and assess substances based on the criteria in Recital 10 and Article 6(1) and 6(2) of RoHS 2,
  • assessing the substances addressed in Recital 10 of RoHS 2 and other substances with a view to their future restriction.

The first project was launched in 2012; the final report was published in 2013. The second study was launched and published in 2014.