5 February 2019, the Official Journal of European Union released the directive (EU) 2019/169 ~ (EU) 2019/178 to amend the exemption for lead content in the Annex III of EU RoHS Regulation. This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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The detail of the amending is as follows:

Exemption

Scope and dates of applicability

7(c)-IV

Lead in PZT based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors which are part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors

Expires on:

– 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

– 21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

– 21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

 – 21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11."

"7(c)-II

Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher

Does not apply to applications covered by point 7(c)-I and 7(c)-IV of this Annex. Expires on:

– 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

– 21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

 – 21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

 – 21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

8b

Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts

Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11 and expires on:

21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

8b-I

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; or

• 12 A and more at 125 V AC and more;

DC switches rated at 20 A and more at 18 V DC and more; and

switches for use at voltage supply frequency ≥ 200 Hz.

Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10 and expires on 21 July 2021."

15

Lead in solders to complete a

viable electrical connection

between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages

Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11 and expires on:

21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

15a

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.

Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10 and expires on 21 July 2021."

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 (BaSi2O5:Pb)

Expires on:

  21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

  21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

18(b)-I

Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1 % lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps containing phosphors such as BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb) when used in medical phototherapy equipment

Applies to categories 5 and 8, excluding applications covered by entry 34 of Annex IV, and expires on 21 July 2021."

21

Lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses

Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11 and expires on:

21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

  21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

21(a)

Cadmium when used in colour printed glass to provide filtering functions, used as a component in lighting applications installed in displays and control panels of EEE

Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10 except applications covered by entry 21(b) or entry 39 and expires on 21 July 2021.

21(b)

Cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses

Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10 except applications covered by entry 21(a) or 39 and expires on 21 July 2021.

21(c)

Lead in printing inks for the application of enamels on other than borosilicate glasses

Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10 and expires on 21 July 2021."

29

Lead bound in crystal glass as defined in Annex I (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Council Directive 69/493/EEC *

Expires on:

 ‒  21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

  21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

  21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

32
Lead oxide in seal frit used for making window assemblies for Argon and Krypton laser tubes

Expires on:

 ‒  21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

  21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

  21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

"37

Lead in the plating layer of high voltage diodes on the basis of a zinc borate glass body

Expires on:

21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10;

21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11."

42

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; or

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.

Applies to category 11, excluding applications covered by entry 6(c) of this Annex. Expires on 21 July 2024.

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