Debate on new RoHS bans to resume in October
Discussions on a list of new substances to be severely restricted under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) will continue in October. A public consultation is due to be launched and a 3rd stakeholder meeting will take place. In late August, the European Commission confirmed that the inclusion of flame retardant HBCDD and phthalates DEHP, BBP and DBP would be discussed this autumn. NGO ChemSec said it was disappointed that PVC and more brominated flame retardants (BFRs) had not been added to the list of substances under review. However, flame retardant association EFRA and other industry groups such as CEFIC point out that EU legislation is there to make sure that the treatment of waste does not have a negative impact of the environment or human health. The RoHS directive currently restricts six hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic equipment, including lead and two BFRs.