The European Court of Justice has annulled the Decabromodiphenyl Ether (Deca-BDE) exemption to the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, dated October 2005 (Decision 2005/717/EC), stating that the European Commission used an incorrect criterion in risk assessment as the basis for exemption.
The RoHS Deca-BDE exemption had allowed the use of the Deca-BDE flame retardant in electrical and electronics products. Deca-BDE is commonly used to protect plastic components of electronic devices from the risk of fire.
The effective date of this European Court of Justice decision is July 1, 2008. As of that date, equipment containing Deca-BDE substances in excess of the RoHS Directive maximum-concentration values must not be placed on the market in the European Union.ì
Since this due date, all the producers are obliged to respect the limits established by this Regulation and guarantee them for all their products.
Generally, the substances prohibited by the Directive regarding cables are the following:
The prohibited substances contained in the products must not exceed the limit of the 0,1% mg/Kg of the homogeneous weight of the material contained in the product for the following substances: Lead, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, Polybrominated Diphenylether; Decabrom Diphenylether, and, regarding the Cadmium, the limit of the 0,01% mg/Kg of the homogeneous weight of the material contained in the product.
Fiberon’s products are fully compliant to these revised RoHS Deca-BDE requirements. We will continue to monitor any additional requirements to ensure Fiberon remains a RoHS compliant manufacturer.
We look forward to working with our customers to support their RoHS compliance efforts.