Fairfield, NJ, February 07, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Identification and Assessment of Hazardous Substances
These substances should be reviewed periodically thereafter by the European Commission, on its own initiative or following the submission by a Member State:
- Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) a Brominated Flame Retardant
- Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) a commonly used plasticizer
- Butyl benzyl phthalate (BPP) a commonly used plasticizer
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) a commonly used plasticizer
A Methodology Manual (1) was developed with the purpose of providing a documented methodology for “making decisions about inclusion of substances in ANNEX II based on scientific evidence and taking into account principles established under REACH.”
The Methodology Manual makes the following statements relative to the relationship of RoHS and REACH.
The REACH regulation “registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemical substances” regulates chemical substances on their own, in mixtures or in articles. Recital 16 of RoHS states that information, generated by REACH, should be used by the relevant actors in the application and implementation of appropriate Community legislation, for example those covering products.
RoHS is a sector specific directive stipulating rules on the restriction of certain hazardous substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE). There is neither a legal mandate nor an obligation to copy the procedure of substance restriction under REACH and involve ECHA and its scientific committees; Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC), Socio-Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC). However, information generated by REACH will be used for the restriction process under RoHS. As outlined above it can also be expected that inclusion in ROHS2 can be selected as the appropriate Risk Management Option (RMO) for specific Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).
Overview of the Methodology Manual under RoHS and REACH
Part I Identification of Substances
Identification of substances used in EEE, which may have negative impacts on human health, the environment or resource efficiency during WEEE management according to RoHS Article 6 (1) a, b, and c)
Part II Pre-Assessment of Substances
Pre-assessment: Prioritization of substances used in EEE, which may most likely have negative impacts on human health, the environment or resource efficiency during WEEE management according to RoHS Article 6 (1) a, b, and c)
Part III Detailed Assessment of Substances
Detailed assessment of high priority substances with the view to a potential restriction under RoHS2
The output of applying the Methodology Manual resulted in the identification of the following substances and associated priorities. Please refer to 2nd Interim Report (2) for the complete report. Reference to this report is to point out that there are additional substances that have been identified that could be added to the substances restricted in addition to the four identified as a priority.
Hazardous Substances to Be Evaluated under RoHS and REACH
Public consultations (4) on the assessment of selected substances have been initiated to evaluate the first set of substances HBCDD, DEHP, BBP and DBP to be potentially included in RoHS 2, Annex II. The period of this public consultation is ended in November and stakeholders have been invited to contribute to the evaluation.
The results of the public consultation will be published in a final report on the developed methodology for identification and assessment of substances. Additionally the conclusion of the identification and assessment as well as draft recommendations for inclusion of substances in the list of restricted substances of RoHS 2 will be presented.
Having an understanding of substances which are currently being evaluated or restricted is important but it is equally important to understand the process which will be used to identify and prioritize substances for RoHS, REACH, and other emerging requirements. A supplier of substances, components, and or raw materials could identify these substances and begin the process of “Alternative Substance Assessment” or as it is sometimes identified “Green Chemistry” before the substances are actually restricted or not authorized for use. This proactive evaluation can allow a company to “get ahead” and begin to remove these substances from their products on their own timetable.
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