On 24 Feb 2022, EU has released the amendments to the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) regarding the updates to mercury exemptions ( (EU) 2022/274, (EU) 2022/275, (EU) 2022/276, (EU) 2022/277, (EU) 2022/278, (EU) 2022/279, (EU) 2022/280, (EU) 2022/281, (EU) 2022/282, (EU) 2022/283, (EU) 2022/284). Details are as follows

According to (EU) 2022/274, entries 3, 3(a), 3(b) and 3(c) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU are replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

3

Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for special purposes used in EEE placed on the market before 24 February 2022 not exceeding (per lamp):


3(a)

Short length (≤ 500 mm): 3,5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2025

3(b)

Medium length (> 500 mm and ≤ 1 500 mm): 5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2025

3(c)

Long length (> 1 500 mm): 13 mg

Expires on 24 February 2025

According to (EU) 2022/275, entries 4(c), 4(c)-I, 4(c)-II and 4(c)-III in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU are replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

4(c)

Mercury in other High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner):


4(c)-I

P ≤ 155 W: 20 mg

Expires on 24 February 2027

4(c)-II

155 W < P ≤ 405 W: 25 mg

Expires on 24 February 2027

4(c)-III

P > 405 W: 25 mg

Expires on 24 February 2027

According to (EU) 2022/276, entries 1, 1(a), 1(b), 1(c), 1(d) and 1(e) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU are replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

1

Mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per burner):


1(a)

For general lighting purposes < 30 W: 2,5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

1(b)

For general lighting purposes ≥ 30 W and < 50 W: 3,5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

1(c)

For general lighting purposes ≥ 50 W and < 150 W: 5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

1(d)

For general lighting purposes ≥ 150 W: 15 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

1(e)

For general lighting purposes with circular or square structural shape and tube diameter ≤ 17 mm: 5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

According to (EU) 2022/277, entry 1(g) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

1(g)

For general lighting purposes < 30 W with a lifetime equal or above 20 000 h: 3,5 mg

Expires on 24 August 2023’

According to (EU) 2022/278, entry 4(e) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

4(e)

Mercury in metal halide lamps (MH)

Expires on 24 February 2027’

According to (EU) 2022/279, entry 4(f) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

4(f)-I

Mercury in other discharge lamps for special purposes not specifically mentioned in this Annex

Expires on 24 February 2025

4(f)-II

Mercury in high pressure mercury vapour lamps used in projectors where an output ≥ 2000 lumen ANSI is required

Expires on 24 February 2027

4(f)-III

Mercury in high pressure sodium vapour lamps used for horticulture lighting

Expires on 24 February 2027

4(f)-IV

Mercury in lamps emitting light in the ultraviolet spectrum

Expires on 24 February 2027

According to (EU) 2022/280, entry 4(a) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

4(a)

Mercury in other low pressure discharge lamps (per lamp): 15 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

4(a)-I

Mercury in low pressure non-phosphor coated discharge lamps, where the application requires the main range of the lamp-spectral output to be in the ultraviolet spectrum: up to 15 mg mercury may be used per lamp

Expires on 24 February 2027’

According to (EU) 2022/281, entry 1(f) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

1

Mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per burner):


1(f)-I

For lamps designed to emit mainly light in the ultraviolet spectrum: 5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2027

1(f)-II

For special purposes: 5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2025’

According to (EU) 2022/282, entry 2(b)(3) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

2(b)(3)

Non-linear tri-band phosphor lamps with tube diameter > 17 mm (e.g. T9): 15 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023; 10 mg may be used per lamp from 25 February 2023 until 24 February 2025’

According to (EU) 2022/283, entries 4(b), 4(b)-I, 4 (b)-II and 4(b)-III in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU are replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

4(b)

Mercury in High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner) in lamps with improved colour rendering index Ra > 80: P ≤ 105 W: 16 mg may be used per burner

Expires on 24 February 2027

4(b)-I

Mercury in High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner) in lamps with improved colour rendering index Ra > 60: P ≤ 155 W: 30 mg may be used per burner

Expires on 24 February 2023

4(b)-II

Mercury in High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner) in lamps with improved colour rendering index Ra > 60: 155 W < P ≤ 405 W: 40 mg may be used per burner

Expires on 24 February 2023

4(b)-III

Mercury in High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner) in lamps with improved colour rendering index Ra > 60: P > 405 W: 40 mg may be used per burner

Expires on 24 February 2023

According to (EU) 2022/284, entries 2(a), 2(a)(1), 2(a)(2), 2(a)(3), 2(a)(4) and 2(a)(5) in Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU are replaced by the following:

Article

Exemption

Scope and Dates of Applicability

2(a)

Mercury in double-capped linear fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per lamp):


2(a)(1)

Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter < 9 mm (e.g. T2): 4 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

2(a)(2)

Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter ≥ 9 mm and ≤ 17 mm (e.g. T5): 3 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

2(a)(3)

Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter > 17 mm and ≤ 28 mm (e.g. T8): 3,5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

2(a)(4)

Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter > 28 mm (e.g. T12): 3,5 mg

Expires on 24 February 2023

2(a)(5)

Tri-band phosphor with long lifetime (≥ 25 000  h): 5 mg.

Expires on 24 February 2023

C&K Testing warmly reminds that related enterprises should pay close attention to the updates to the exemption articles under RoHS Directive to establish a complete supply-chain management system to ensure regulatory compliance during import/export.

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