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Assistance on technological, socio-economic and cost-benefit assessment related to various topics in the context of the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)

New RoHS projects for the evaluation of applications for granting, renewing or revoking exemptions, to be included in or deleted from Annexes III and IV of the new RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2), and for the evaluation of other topics.  

A few projects are at present running in parallel, including:

 

Exemptions

Four “packs” of exemption requests for review are being performed under framework contracts for "Assistance to the Commission on technological, socio-economic and cost-benefit assessment related to exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)": 

  •  For Pack 8, assignment of project tasks started 13 March 2015 and will run over a period of 9 months, thus ending 12 December 2015. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Eunomia. Oeko-Institut is leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the evaluation, and with Eunomia having the role of peer review. Pack 8 covers three requests for new exemptions. The The stakeholder consultation ran between 24.04.2015 to 19.06.2015 and is now closed. The final report is expected towards the Mid-December 2015.
    For details, please study Project Description – Pack 8 and Technical Specifications - Pack 8.
  •  For Pack 9, assignment of project tasks started 10 June 2015 and will run over a period of 9 months, thus ending 09 March 2016. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Eunomia. Oeko-Institut is leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the evaluation, and with Eunomia having the role of peer review. Pack 9 covers twenty nine requestes for exemption renewal. The stakeholder consultation was held for eight weeks between 21.08.2015 and 16.10.2015. The final report is expected in March 2016.
    For details, please study Project Description – Pack 9  and Technical Specifications - Pack 9.
  •  For Pack 10, assignment of project tasks started 25 August 2015 and will run over a period of 8 months, thus ending 24 April 2016. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Eunomia. Oeko-Institut is leading the project and Eunomia have the role of peer review. Pack 10 covers a re-evaluation of two requests for exemptions handled in the past . The stakeholder consultation is planned to be launched on 30 October 2015 and shall run for ten weeks, ending 08 January 2015. The final report is expected in April 2016.
    For details, please study Project Description – Pack 10  and Technical Specifications - Pack 10.  

  • For Pack 11, assignment of project tasks started 19 December 2016 and will run over a period of 9 months, thus ending 18 September 2016. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the evaluation. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission during March. The final report is due at the end of the project. Pack 11 covers two requests for new exemptions. The  stakeholder consultation  run between 11.03.2016 to 06.05.2016. For details, please study Project Description – Pack 11 and Technical Specifications - Pack 11.

 

 

Other topics

A further project has been launched, commissioned by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, for a preliminary review of a possible restriction of a group of substances under the RoHS directive:

  • The study "RoHS dossier on small brominated alkyl alcohols": The assignment of project tasks started on 14 July 2016 and will run over a period of over 5 months, until the end of December 2016. Stakeholders shall be corresponded with directly and are urged to contact the RoHS evaluations team promptly. A stakeholder consultation shall also be held for a period of 6 weeks, to be launched in September. Details on the scope, addressed stakeholders and organizations will be published on the project website shortly. On the basis of available information, the study team shall prepare a RoHS dossier for the group of substances, to be submitted by DEPA to the Commission, including a recommendation if a full substance evaluation should be performed by the European Commission, to determine the need for a restriction of the substance group under RoHS. For details, please study Project Description – SBAA and Technical Specifications - SBAA.

 

The projects are lead by Carl-Otto Gensch from Oeko-Institut; at Fraunhofer IZM the contact person is Otmar Deubzer. The primary contact address for stakeholders is the project-specific e-mail account rohs.exemptions(at)oeko.de. Stakeholders can register on this website in order to be regularly informed about project progress (cf. Registration).