Eight New RoHS Exemption Directives Proposed By EU Commission

EU RoHS DirectiveThe EU Commission has released a total of 8 draft delegated directives to amend existing RoHS provisions, specifically regarding exemptions. The drafts, much-anticipated by industry, are now open for stakeholder consultation until 17 October 2017.

The following exemptions are recommended for renewal by the Commission, for the period specified in each draft Annex:

  • Exemption 6(a) lead as an alloying element in steel 
  • Exemption 6(b) lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight 
  • Exemption 6(c) copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight 
  • Exemption 7(a) lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead) 
  • Exemption 7(c) electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors
  • Exemption 18(b) lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1% lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps when used as sun tanning lamps containing phosphors such as BSP
  • Exemption 24 lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors
  • Exemption 34 lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements 
Interested parties may view individual drafts and give feedback on each initiative via http://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives_en

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