IPC Comments on RoHS2 Substance Revisions

TBBPAToday, IPC submitted comments on the European Union (EU) Stakeholder Consultation, “Study for the review of the list of restricted substances under RoHS2 – Analysis of impact from a possible restriction of several new substances under RoHS2.”

Within the comments, IPC highlighted its disagreement with the Umweltbundesamt (UBA) identification and ranking of Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) as a second highest priority substance for potential restriction under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. According to an EU Risk Assessment, TBBPA has been found to be safe for human health and the environment and should not be considered for further assessment under the RoHS Directive.

During the RoHS revisions process, IPC successfully lobbied for the revised Directive to be scientifically based. As a result, the EU did not implement additional substance restrictions under the revised RoHS Directive, but the Commission was required to complete a review of Annex II by July 2014. Although TBBPA, will not be proposed for restriction in 2014, it could be considered for restriction as early as 2016.

IPC will remain engaged in the review process and will continue to advocate for science-based regulations.

See previous blog item, Final Recommendations for Additional Substances to be Restricted under RoHS Published for more information on IPC’s comments on the EU’s draft methodology.

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