The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2002/95/EC, “RoHS 1”) was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union and took effect on July 1, 2006. This directive and its subsequent RoHS-Recast, RoHS 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) imposed threshold limits (with exemptions) for six hazardous materials commonly used in Electronic and Electrical Equipment (“EEE”):
On March 31, 2015, the EU Commission published Directive (EU) 2015/863, adding four phthalates to Annex II of the RoHS directive (RoHS 3), bringing the current number of restricted substances to ten. As of July 22, 2019, phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DiBP are restricted under RoHS for EEE:
DEHP, BBP, DBP, and Diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP) have been identified as toxic for the environment and human health and reproduction. Primarily used to soften and provide flexibility and elasticity to plastics, these phthalates are known to have been used in toys, food packaging, and PVC. They also might be found in medical devices, or cable and wire sheathing and other components of electrical and electronic products.
For more information about the intrinsic properties of DEHP, BBP, DBP, DiBP, or the other restricted substances, visit the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website, Candidate List of Substances of very high concern for Authorization (published in accordance with Article 59 of the REACH Regulation).
When compliance with RoHS is demonstrated for EEE, manufacturers create a Declaration of Conformity and affix the CE mark to the finished product. Product technical documentation and the EU DoC must be retained for ten (10) years after the EEE item is last on the market. UNICOM Engineering relies on our suppliers to provide the documentation and information necessary to demonstrate compliance.
Suppliers agree to report product compliance to UNICOM Engineering in one of the formats below and to provide future updates promptly when requested by UNICOM Engineering.
Supplier’s Own Declaration of Compliance. The document must include:
Email declarations to email@example.com.
RoHS compliance declarations are available for our Customer products upon request. To request SKU level RoHS declarations, contact your Account Manager.
For additional information about the RoHS Directive and the European Commission, visit https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/index_en.htm.
Also, see our: Supplier Product On-Boarding Checklist section.
Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-633-3430.