New RoHS Exemptions Approved

New RoHS Exemptions Approved

A number of new exemptions under the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive have been officially entered into the registry and are due to come into force on July 6, 2017.

Specifically, decisions have finally been made on three exemption extensions: (9(b), 13(a), 13(b)). In all cases, different expiration dates apply for the different categories as recommended by the Oeko-Institut, which was commissioned to conduct preliminary reviews of these changes.

 

 

The new exemptions and their expiration dates are:

Exemption Number Description Annex Expiry Date
9(b) Lead in bearing shells and bushes for refrigerant containing compressors for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) applications III — 21 July 2021 Cat 8 and 9.
— 21 July 2023 Cat 8 in vitro
— 21 July 2024 Cat 9 industrial and Cat 11
9(b)-(I) Lead in bearing shells and bushes for refrigerant containing hermetic scroll compressors with a stated electrical power input equal or below 9 kW for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) applications III 21 July 2019 Cat 1
13(a) Lead in white glasses used for optical applications III — 21 July 2021 All
— 21 July 2023 Cat 8 in vitro
— 21 July 2024 Cat 9 industrial and Cat 11
13(b) Cadmium and lead in filter glasses and glasses used for reflectance standards III — 21 July 2021 Cat 8 and 9
— 21 July 2023 Cat 8 in vitro
— 21 July 2024 Cat 9 industrial and Cat 11
13(b)-(I) Lead in ion coloured optical filter glass types III 21 July 2021 Cat 1 to 7 and 10
13(b)-(II) Cadmium in striking optical filter glass types; excluding
applications falling under point 39 of this
Annex
III 7/21/2021 Cat 1 to 7 and 10
13(b)-(III) Cadmium and lead in glazes used for reflectance
standards
III 7/21/2021 Cat 1 to 7 and 10

Companies will need to begin using these exemptions in July 2017. The text for the exemptions applying to categories 1 to 7 and 10 has been modified, and in certain ways has been made more restrictive, encouraging industry to continue the search for alternatives. The existing text was often used for categories 8, 9 and 11 to allow time for such alternate substances to be found. Companies should note that additional exemption extensions are expected in the near future.

For more information on RoHS Exemptions, download the whitepaper, EU RoHS: Understanding Exemptions. Contact us at info@assentcompliance.com with any questions.

 

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