EU – Adaptation to Technical and Scientific Progress of the RoHS 2 Exemptions
SAFEGUARDS | Electrical & Electronics NO. 089/16
In accordance with the EU RoHS directive (2011/65/EU), Article 5, No. (2), the maximum validity period for the exemptions listed in Annex III shall be five years from July 21, 2011, for categories 1 to 7 and 10 of Annex I, unless a respective date is specified. Article 5, No. (3)(4)(5)(6) indicates the application for renewal of exemptions. Stakeholders can propose an application for renewing exemptions to the European Commission, which will then evaluate the application and its justification. The existing exemption shall remain valid until a decision on the renewal application is taken by the Commission.
Several requests to renew exemptions were submitted to the European Commission in due time and are summarized in a Table updated on the 31/03/2015.  The Commission’s decision on renewal request(s) for an exemption will either indicate the new expiry date in case of renewal, or, in case of rejection, grant a transition before the exemption expires, i.e. a period of 12 to 18 months following the decision date. Decisions are expected towards the end of 2016, or the beginning of 2017, for the received renewal applications.
However, certain exemptions for which no application for renewal was submitted in due time, will expire on July 21, 2016 (shown in Table 1). It is strongly advised that manufactures of EEE evaluate whether any of the exemptions below are applied in their current product portfolio. If so, the availability of substitutes must be taken into account, in order to ensure product compliance with the RoHS Directive
Table 1: Exemptions for which no renewal application has been received (expiry date: July 21, 2016)
|5(a). Lead in glass of cathode ray tubes.|
|7(b). Lead in solder for servers, storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signaling transmission, and network management for telecommunications.|
|11(a). Lead used in C-press compliant pin connector systems. May be used in spare parts for EEE placed on the market before 24 September 2010.|
|12. Lead as a coating material for the thermal conduction module C-ring. May be used in spare parts for EEE placed on the market before 24 September 2010.|
|17. Lead halide as radiant agent in high intensity discharge (HID) lamps used for professional reprography applications.|
|23. Lead in finishes of fine pitch components other than connectors with a pitch of 0.65 mm and less. May be used in spare parts for EEE placed on the market before 24 September 2010.|
|25. Lead oxide in surface conduction electron emitter displays (SED) used in structural elements,,notably in the seal frit and frit ring.|
|30. Cadmium alloys as electrical/mechanical solder joints to electrical conductors located directly on the voice coil in transducers used in high powered loudspeakers with sound pressure levels of 100 dB (A) and more.|
|31. Lead in soldering materials in mercury free flat fluorescent lamps (which e.g. are used for liquid crystal displays, design or industrial lighting).|
|33. Lead in solders for the soldering of thin copper wires of 100μm diameter and less in power transformers.|
|38. Cadmium and cadmium oxide in thick film pastes used on aluminium bonded beryllium oxide.|
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