On October 24, 2016, a new contribution was submitted for consideration as a new restriction under the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU. Oeko-Institut e.V.’s evaluation states, “Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are regulated by the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). According to article 6(1) it is possible for member states to submit a proposal for adding new substances to the list of restricted substances of the directive.” The Bromine Science Environmental Forum (BSEF) requested the review of using small brominated alkyl alcohols (SBAA) in EEE.
The evaluation continues to say, “In 2014 the Danish EPA performed a survey on brominated flame retardants (BFRs) (DEPA 2014). On the basis of its results, the Danish Technical University (DTU Food) investigated possibilities of grouping BFRs. One of the groupings; the small linear and branched brominated alkyl alcohols, including 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (CAS 96-13-9)and 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane-1,3-diol (CAS 3296-90-0) and 2,2-bis-(bromomethyl)-3-bromo-1-propanol (CAS 36483-57-5), was chosen for further investigation and the grouping was extended to include also theoretical compounds. The category, defined as having 3-5 carbons, 2-3 bromine atoms and 1-2 alcohol groups, comprises 62 members. (DEPA 2016)”
This has led the Danish EPA to commission Oeko-Institut e.V. to “collect, assess and present scientific data to support a proposal for restriction of small brominated alkyl alchol in the RoHS Directive.”
The Oeko-Institu e.V. is inviting individuals to participate in this evaluation by providing as much information as possible through their Stakeholder Questionnaire. If you would like to participate, please complete the questionnaire and return by the consultation close on Friday, November 4, 2016.
Once a verdict is reached and published, we will share an update of the results.
Baron, Y., Moch, K., & Gensch, C. (2016, September). Evaluation of small brominated alkyl alcohols for a possible RoHS restriction. Background Document. Retrieved from http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/fileadmin/user_upload/DEPA_SBAA/2016_09_22_SBAA_Background_Document.pdf
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