RoHS candidate substances emerge

A consultation has been launched on 46 substances which are candidates for inclusion in the Directive to restrict hazardous substances in electrical and electronics equipment (RoHS).

Under the RoHS Directive the European Commission is required to review the list of restricted substances covered by the Directive to account for new scientific evidence, in line with the precautionary principle. The Commission has engaged Germany’s Öko-Institut to carry out the review.

On 29 February it published a list of "high priority" hazardous substances which includes antimony compounds, beryllium metal and oxides, bisphenol A, formaldehyde, gallium arsenide, nonyl phenol, PVC, polychlorinated biphenyls, tributyl tin, colbalt, thallium and nickel. It also asks for details of other substances to be included, and whether data on risks, exposures and substitutes are available.

The consultation is open until 28 March 2008. The institute will recommend policy options for each of the candidate substances in a draft report due in mid-April.

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