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On September 19, 2017, the European Commission called for public comments on a proposal to exempt lead from eight use under EU RoHS directive. The public consultation is from 19 September to 17 October.

According to the proposal, articles in Annex III will be replaced as below.

No.

Exemptions use

The deadline of exemption

34

Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements

Applies to all categories; 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."

6(a)

Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanised steel containing up to 0.35 % lead by weight

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.

6(a)-I

Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes containing up to 0.35% lead by weight and in batch hot dip galvanised steel components containing up to 0.2% lead by weight

Expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7

and 10."

6(b)

Lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight

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.

6(b)-I

Lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight, provided

it stems from lead-bearing aluminium scrap recycling

Expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7

and 10.

6(b)-II

Lead as an alloying element in aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 0,4 % by weight

Expires on [three years after the publication of the Delegated Directive in the Official Journal] for categories 1-7 and 10."

6(c)

Copper alloy containing up to 4 % lead by weight

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(a)

Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead)

Applies to categories 1-7 and 10 (except applications covered by point 24 of this Annex) and expires on 21 July 2021.  For categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments expires on 21 July 2021. For category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices expires on 21 July 2023. For category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11 expires on 21 July 2024."

7(c)-I

Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors, e.g. piezoelectronic devices, or in a glass or ceramic matrix compound

Applies to categories 1-7 and 10 (except applications covered under point 34) and expires on 21 July 2021. For categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments expires on 21 July 2021. For category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices expires on 21 July 2023.

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

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 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 tanning equipment or in medical phototherapy equipment – excluding applications covered under point 34 of Annex IV

Expires on 21 July 2021 for category 5."

24

Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors

Applies to all categories; 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."

C&K Reminds, the exemption articles will impact the situation of products compliance. Enterprises should keep attention on the RoHS directive amending and replace the material expired, when manufacture.


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