The Sweden-based environmental group, ChemSec posted a response to proposed changes in the RoHS directive, saying it was a “missed opportunity.” The European Parliament Environment committee voted this week on RoHS. ChemSec supports the committee’s decision to extend the scope of the directive into an open scope, including categories previously not covered by RoHS. ChemSec also welcomes the introduction of a methodology into RoHS for further substance evaluation for future restrictions to be included in the directive.
However, ChemSec stated that the failure of MEPs to introduce new restrictions on brominated flame retardants (BFR) and PVC plastic is a disappointment and a missed opportunity.
In the vote, the committee rejected proposals to include BFRs and PVC on the RoHS-list of restricted substances. ChemSec has strongly recommended MEPs to restrict BFRs, and PVC. The main reason being the potential of such chemicals containing organic bromine and chlorine to transform into dioxins when incinerated at insuffiently high temperatures.