The European Commission has engaged a project to assess seven possible additional substances to be considered for possible restrictions under the RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in E&E electrical and electronic equipment). Of these seven, three are flame retardants or FR synergists: diantimony trioxide, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) and medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs). The other four substances are indium, beryllium, nickel and cobalt compounds. The assessment is contracted to Oeko-Institute and Fraunhofer IZM who organised a stakeholder consultation (April –June 2018) and have published detailed documents on each of the seven substances (for comment). These documents summarise the current regulatory status and restrictions; toxicity and environmental concerns; uses, applications and quantities; and sources of information about substitution. pinfa has been contacted requesting further information concerning substitutes for these substances in E&E fire safety, applications and performance of PIN substitutes. Any input to pinfa on these questions is welcome.
“Study to support the review of the list of restricted substances and to assess a new exemption request under RoHS 2”, Oeko-Institute and Fraunhofer IZM, documents for comment at http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=289