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Stakeholder consultation on an exemption request from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)

The stakeholder consultation shall run for eight weeks from 21.08.2015 to 16.10.2015 and covers twentynine exemption requests:

Exemption 1(a-e) "Mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per burner)":
(a) For general lighting purposes < 30 W: 5 mg
(b) For general lighting purposes ≥ 30 W and < 50 W: 5 mg
(c) For general lighting purposes ≥ 50 W and < 150 W: 5 mg
(d) For general lighting purposes ≥ 150 W: 15 mg
(e) For general lighting purposes with circular or square structural shape and tube diameter ≤ 17 mm

Exemption 1(f) "Mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per burner):
(f) For special purposes: 5 mg"

Exemption 2(a)(1-5) "Mercury in double-capped linear fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per lamp):
(1) Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter < 9 mm (e.g. T2): 5 mg
(2) Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter ≥ 9 mm and ≤ 17 mm (e.g. T5): 5 mg
(3) Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter > 17 mm and ≤ 28 mm (e.g. T8): 5 mg
(4) Tri-band phosphor with normal lifetime and a tube diameter > 28 mm (e.g. T12): 5 mg
(5) Tri-band phosphor with long lifetime (≥ 25 000 h): 8 mg"

Exemption 2(b)(3) "Mercury in other fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per lamp):
(3) Non-linear tri-band phosphor lamps with tube diameter > 15 mm (e.g. T9) "

Exemption 2(b)(4) "Mercury in other fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per lamp):
(4) Lamps for other general lighting and special purposes (e.g. induction lamps): 15 mg per lamp "

Exemption 3(a-c) "Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for special purposes not exceeding (per lamp):
(a) Short length (≤ 500 mm): 3.5 mg per lamp
(b) Medium length (> 500 mm and ≤ 1 500 mm): 5 mg per lamp
(c) Long length (> 1 500 mm): 13 mg per lamp"

Exemption 4(a) "Mercury in other low pressure discharge lamps (per lamp): 15 mg per lamp"

Exemption 4(b)(I-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:
I) P ≤ 155 W: 30 mg per burner
II) 155 W < P ≤ 405 W: 40 mg per burner
III) P > 405 W: 40 mg per burner"

Exemption 4(c)(I-III) "Mercury in other High Pressure Sodium (vapour) lamps for general lighting purposes not exceeding (per burner):
I) P ≤ 155 W: 25 mg per burner
II) 155 W < P ≤ 405 W: 30 mg per burner
III) P > 405 W: 40 mg per burner"

Exemption 4(e) "Mercury in metal halide lamps (MH)"

Exemption 4(f) "Mercury in other discharge lamps for special purposes not specifically mentioned in this Annex"

Exemption 5(b) "Lead in glass of fluorescent tubes not exceeding 0,2 % by weight"

Exemption 6(a) "Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanised steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight"

Exemption 6(b) "Lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0,4 % lead by weight"

Exemption 6(c) "Copper alloy containing up to 4 % lead by weight"

Exemption 7(a) "Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead- based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead)"

Exemption 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"

Exemption 7(c)-II "Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher"

Exemption 7(c)-IV "Lead in PZT based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors which are part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors"

Exemption 8(b) "Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts"

Exemption 9 "Hexavalent chromium as an anticorrosion agent of the carbon steel cooling system in absorption refrigerators up to 0,75 % by weight in the cooling solution"

Exemption 15 "Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages"

Exemption 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 (BaSi 2 O 5 :Pb)"

Exemption 21 "Lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses"

Exemption 24 "Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors"

Exemption 29 "Lead bound in crystal glass as defined in Annex I (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Council Directive 69/493/EEC ( 1 )"

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

Exemption 34 "Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements"

Exemption 37 "Lead in the plating layer of high voltage diodes on the basis of a zinc borate glass body"

 

 

Guidance document

The guidance document contains information on

  • the objective of the consultation,

  • how to submit your contribution,

  • contact details.

> Download guidance document on the stakeholder consultation (PDF)

 

The sections Exemption 1(a-e), Exemption 1(f), Exemption 2(a)(1-5), Exemption 2(b)(3), Exemption 2(b)(4), Exemption 3(a-c)Exemption 3(a-c), Exemption 4(a), Exemption 4(b)(I-III), Exemption 4(c)(I-III), Exemption 4(e),  Exemption 4(f), Exemption 5(b) , Exemption 6(a), Exemption 6(b), Exemption 6(c), Exemption 7(a), Exemption 7(c)-I, Exemption 7(c)-II, Exemption 7(c)- IV, Exemption 8(b), Exemption 9, Exemption 15, Exemption 18(b), Exemption 21, Exemption 24, Exemption 29, Exemption 32, Exemption 34, Exemption 37,  contain further necessary information (e.g. questionnaire and results of former evaluations).


Results of the consultation and next steps

Unconfidential information submitted during the consultation will be posted on the EU CIRCA website (Browse categories > European Commission > Environment > RoHS Evaluations, at top left, click on "Library").

Further exchange with stakeholders will be held after the consultation has ended for those issues where further need for information and / or need for (technical) discussion has been identified.


Target groups

The consultation is targeted at the following groups:

  • EEE industry

  • EEE industry federations

  • Consultancies

  • Research institutions & universities

  • NGOs

  • Public administrations

The following representatives from these groups have currently registered on the list. This list will be updated regularly depending on new registrations of interested stakeholders.

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