EU Proposes Two New Substances to RoHS

By: SiliconExpert on June 27th, 2022

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June 27, 2022 – In May of 2022, following technical assessments, the European Commission proposed adding two substances, tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) to the EU RoHS Annex II (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). EU RoHS 2 now includes a total of 10 restricted substances. 

These changes are expected to take effect in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to a final decision by the European Commission.  

In March of 2021, the Oeko-Institut’s RoHS Exemptions Report (Pack 15), recommended these two substances for restriction under EU RoHS.  

 

SubstanceCommon Uses
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A) The primary use of TBBP-A is as a precursor in the production of brominated epoxy resins that function as reactively flame-retarded substrate in printed wiring boards (PWB).



It is also used as an additive flame retardant in thermoplastic EEE components, for example housings that consist of ABS plastic.
Medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) MCCPs are used in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) mostly as constituents of PVC insulations for electric cables and wires and other soft plastic or rubber components, including polyurethane, polysulphide, acrylic and butyl sealants.

 

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