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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has drafted Technical Regulations for the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

This Technical Regulation sets out requirements on the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market within Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. • This Regulation includes a list of prohibited substances in materials. These include, with maximum permissible concentrations (in weight) of 0.1%:

  • lead;
  • mercury;
  • hexavalent chromium;
  • polybrominated biphenyls (PBB);
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE);
  • bis(2‑ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP);
  • butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP);
  • dibutyl phthalate (DBP); and
  • diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).

It also lists cadmium with a maximum permissible concentration of 0.01%.

The restriction on DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP will apply to medical devices, including in vitro, and monitoring and control instruments, including those for industry, from 22 July 2021.