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EU – Consultation on Proposed Restriction of PFHxA

ECHA launched a public consultation on the restriction proposal for Perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), its salts and related substances in the EU. PFHxA substances are used in the manufacture of fluoropolymers (plastics which may be used in EEE) and clothing.  They are used as manufacturing chemicals and typically would not remain in a finished product; however, the proposed threshold for PFHxA substances in polymers is very low (0.0001%) meaning that even residual amounts of the substances could be above the restriction level.

PFHxA substances are also used in semiconductor manufacturing operations. An exemption is proposed for this application.

Additional information on the proposed restriction and the consultation may be found on the ECHA website[1].

[1] PFHxA consultation website, https://echa.europa.eu/restrictions-under-consideration/-/substance-rev/25419/term

EU – Updates RoHS Technical Documentation Standard

The May 18, 2020, the EU officially updated the reference standard for EU RoHS technical documentation to IEC EN 63000 from the previous standard EN 50581. The change was published in EU Decision (EU) 2020/659. EN 50581 remains valid until November 18, 2021.

Impact on EEE Manufacturers

The transition to IEC 63000 has been planned for the past couple years and should not have a material impact on conformity assessment– both IEC 63000 and EN 50581 specify very similar requirements.

Manufacturers with products that are in scope of EU RoHS should start to update their EU Declarations of Conformity to reference IEC EN 63000 (or IEC 63000) instead of EN 50581.  An 18-month transition period is provided to make the changes.