European Commission Makes 16 Updates to RoHS Exemption List

European Commission Makes 16 Updates to RoHS Exemption List

Updates to the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive exemption list are on the way. The European Commission has extended nine expired exemptions and added seven new exemptions.

Six of the seven new exemptions put further restrictions in place for specific categories. Meanwhile, the organization incorporated one brand new exemption (Exemption 42) that applies only to Category 11 (all other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

All except one will become active on March 1, 2020. When Category 11 comes into scope on July 22, 2019, its corresponding Exemption 42 will also be in effect. The new category applies to “lead in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines applied in non-road professional use equipment (with engine total displacement thresholds).

Oeko Project 17, an assessment for three new exemption requests or adjustments for Annex IV, is also underway.

All other exemptions listed here will remain active until March 1, 2020.


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Medical device companies have asked for an extension and amendment to Annex IV exemption 31a, and have made two new exemption requests. The amendment for exemption 31a, which applies to “lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in spare parts recovered from and used for the repair or refurbishment of medical devices”, would add phthalates to the list of exempted substances.

The Takeaway for Your Company

The expiring exemptions listed in the table below are only active for one more year. This means time is running out to implement corrective measures to keep your product on the market. If your company is in scope of the RoHS Directive, review any exemptions to determine if any will impact your products. You will then need to request updated declarations from suppliers that rely on these exemptions, or determine whether a new exemption applies. This can help ensure your products are compliant when shipped into the EU.

Assent’s RoHS Module can help you get an early start by surveying your suppliers for instances where these exemptions can impact you. It also enables you to collect, store and assess data from the same interface you use to manage the rest of your product compliance requirements. You can also leverage Assent’s Full Material Disclosure Module to ensure you’re always aware of the risks updates such as these present to the ongoing viability of your products.

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You can view the updated RoHS exemptions below. To learn more about how Assent can help you maintain market access, contact our experts at info@assentcompliance.com.

 

Exemption Number Exemption Text Expiration Date(s)/Category
7(c)-II Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher.
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
7(c)-IV Lead in PZT based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors which are part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors.
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
8(b) Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts.
  • July 21, 2021 for 8 and 9
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
8(b)-I NEW: Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts used in:

  • Circuit breakers.
  • Thermal sensing controls.
  • Thermal motor protectors (excluding hermetic thermal motor protectors).
  • AC switches rated at:
    • 6 A and more at 250 V AC and more.
    • 12 A and more at 125 V AC and more.
  • DC switches rated at 20 A and more at 18 V DC and more.
  • Switches for use at voltage supply frequency ≥ 200 Hz.
  • July 21, 2021 for 1 to 7 and 10
15 Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages.
  • July 21, 2021 for 8 and 9
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
15(a) NEW: Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between the semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages where at least one of the following criteria applies:

  • A semiconductor technology node of 90 nm or larger.
  • A single die of 300 mm2 or larger in any semiconductor technology node.
  • Stacked die packages with die of 300 mm2 or larger, or silicon interposers of 300 mm2 or larger.
  • July 21, 2021 for 1 to 7 and 10
18(b) Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1 percent lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps when used as sun tanning lamps containing phosphors such as BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb).
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
18(b)-I NEW: Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1 percent lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps containing phosphors such as BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb) when used in medical phototherapy equipment
  • July 21, 2021 for 5 and 8, excluding applications covered by entry 34 of Annex IV
21 Lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses.
  • July 21, 2021 for 8 and 9
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
21(a) NEW: Cadmium when used in color printed glass to provide filtering functions, used as a component in lighting applications installed in displays and control panels of EEE.
  • July 21, 2021 for 1 to 7 and 10, except applications covered by entry 21(b) or entry 39
21(b) NEW: Cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses.
  • July 21, 2021 for 1 to 7 and 10, except applications covered by entry 21(a) or entry 39
21(c) NEW: Lead in printing inks for the application of enamels on other than borosilicate glasses.
  • July 21, 2021 for 1 to 7 and 10
29 Lead bound in crystal glass as defined in Annex I (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Council Directive 69/493/EEC.
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
32 Lead oxide in seal frit used for making window assemblies for Argon and Krypton laser tubes.
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
37 Lead in the plating layer of high voltage diodes on the basis of a zinc borate glass body.
  • July 21, 2021 for All
  • July 21, 2023 for 8 In Vitro
  • July 21, 2024 for 9 Industrial and 11
42 NEW: Lead in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines applied in non-road professional use equipment:

  • With engine total displacement ≥ 15 litres.
  • With engine total displacement < 15 litres and the engine is designed to operate in applications where the time between signal to start and full load is required to be less than 10 seconds; or regular maintenance is typically performed in a harsh and dirty outdoor environment, such as mining, construction, and agriculture applications.
  • July 21, 2024 for 11

Note: Begins July 22, 2019.

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