Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS II & RoHS 3) Directive

European directive 2011/65/EU (previously 2002/95/EC) regulates the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment and came into effect on 1st July 2006. On 22 July 2019 the new RoHS Directive 2015/863/EU (RoHS 3) comes into effect to amend Annex II to EU RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) to add the following 4 phthalates onto the list of restricted substances.

The following substances are covered by the scope of the directive:

  • lead (Pb) (0,1%)
  • mercury (Hg) (0,1%)
  • cadmium (Cd) (0,01%)
  • hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) (0,1%)
  • polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0,1%)
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0,1%)
  • bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0,1%)
  • butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0,1%)
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0,1%)
  • diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0,1%)

We can confirm that the E-T-A range of Circuit Breakers for Equipment, controls and accessories complies with the RoHS directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) as well as 2015/863/EU (RoHS 3), as the limit values for these substances are not exceeded. Our products contain lead only within the limited values stipulated in appendix III, no. 6 and no. 7 of the RoHS directive. Some very few products contain cadmium which is permitted in electrical contacts according to appendix III, no. 8b..

In addition all our products comply with the requirement which came into force on 1st July 2008 that electrical and electronic equipment has to be DecaBDE-free.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions at all.