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Only 4 substances to be assessed for RoHS inclusion by Nick Boley
September 18, 2013, 12:48
Filed under: EU Information, RoHS/WEEE, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

The European Commission has announced that it is to evaluate only 4 substances for inclusion in the list of restricted substances under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The substances in question are:

  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), a brominated flame retardant
  • Diethy hexyl Phthalate (DEHP)
  • Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBP)
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

These substances are of concern where present in waste streams. Measurement methods do exist for the determination, but the development of Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) of simulated wastes containing these substances would be of significant benefit to laboratories, both regulatory and in industry, wishing to check waste products for their presence and quantity.

The full process of listing these 4 substances is given here, and the European Commission page on the subject is here.

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