On 20 February 2019 the European Parliament agreed on new limit values for brominated diphenyl ethers, which are used as flame retardants. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), already known through the RoHS Directive, are now newly governed by this resolution, with the limit value being halved, i.e. massively reduced. For decabromdiphenylether (DecaBDE) the RoHS limit value continues to apply to electrical equipment.
This affects distributors, importers and manufacturers since the materials of products may only contain a total of 500 mg/kg of BDEs (brominated diphenyl ethers); for decaBDE as a single substance, the limit is 10 mg/kg.
Recommendation: The agreement is not yet legally binding. However, please make sure that your suppliers already have products that meet the above requirements. In order to keep costs under control, also with regard to further restrictions on pollutants, risk-based test management is recommended.
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