United Kingdom Regulatory up-date RoHS

United Kingdom

Regulatory up-date RoHS

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). More detail on product coverage can be found in Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3032) and corresponding EU legislation. HS code 9018 for medical devices, and HS code 36 for civil explosives.; EXPLOSIVES; PYROTECHNIC PRODUCTS; MATCHES; PYROPHORIC ALLOYS; CERTAIN COMBUSTIBLE PREPARATIONS (HS 36); Instruments and appliances used in medical, surgical, dental or veterinary sciences, incl. scintigraphic apparatus, other electro-medical apparatus and sight-testing instruments, n.e.s (HS 9018)


These measures will amend the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 ("the RoHS Regulations") as they apply in England and Wales and Scotland.


Regulation 2(2) will amend the list of restricted substances in Schedule A1 to extend the restriction on the use of four restricted substances (Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Disobutyl phthalate (DIBP)) to medical devices and monitoring and control instruments.


Regulation 2(3) will renew the exemption for mercury to be used in electric rotating connectors used in ultrasound imaging systems in entry No. 93 of Table 1 in Schedule A2 to the RoHS Regulations for a period of 5 years.


Regulation 2(3)(b) will grant a new exemption from the list of restricted substances in Schedule A1 to the RoHS Regulations by adding certain lead compounds and one hexavalent form of chromium (barium) to be used in the supply of electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil explosives to the list in Table 1 in Schedule A2 of applications exempted from the restriction in regulation 3(1) of the RoHS Regulations. The exemption will be granted for a period ending on 20th April 2026.


Proposed date of adoption:December 2021

Proposed date of entry into force: 1 July 2022

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