There are currently 10 different categories for which the RoHS Directive is applicable. As of July 22, 2019, category 11 will be added to this. Category 11 includes, pursuant to Article 2 (2), all other electrical and electronic equipment that do not come under another category as well as the exceptional case of “open scope of application.” This scope of application is open to all equipment that meets the definitions of "electrical and electronic equipment" of Article 3 (1) and (2) (unless they are explicitly excluded).
Cables that are used to transfer electric currents or electromagnetic fields are also “electrical and electronic equipment”. Only cables with a nominal voltage of < 250 V fall under this scope of application (see Article 3 no.5). The substance restrictions must be followed accordingly. Cables in the scope of RoHS shall not contain the prohibited substances either at the due date of the EEE category they fall in, or in July 2019 if not dedicated to any EEE specific category and with rated voltage < 250V (category 11).
External cables that are placed on the market separately and are not part of other electrical and electronic equipment must be classified as category 11 and therefore fulfil the substance restrictions (including unfinished cables such as cable drums without plugs).
As of July 22, 2019, the substance prohibitions may also apply for cables that previously did not fall under the scope of application of Directive 2011/65/EU.