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


This stakeholder consultation runs for ten weeks from 26.06.2012 to 04.09.2012 and covers eleven exemption requests:

Exemption request 1 "Hexavalent chromium in alkali dispensers for in-situ production of photocathodes"

Exemption request 2 "Reuse of parts [containing lead, cadmium and hexavalent chromium] from medical devices including X-ray tube components in new X-ray tube assemblies"

Exemption request 3 "Lead in solders for Positron Emission Tomography detectors and data acquisition units installed in Magnetic Resonance Imaging equipment"

Exemption request 4 "Lead in solders used in Directive 93/42/EEC class IIa and IIb portable and mobile medical equipment"

Exemption request 5 "Decorative ceramic lamp bases or other ceramic components of luminaires containing lead and/or cadmium in the glaze/colouring"

Exemption request 6 "Decorative lamp shades and bases (luminaires) containing lead in the solder used to join/coat the copper foil mounting strips for the glass/shell/other material used in tiffany (like stained glass windows), capiz shell and similar products"

Exemption request 7 "3,5 mg mercury per lamp in single capped compact fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes < 30 W with a lifetime > 15 000 hrs ("long-life")"  

Exemption request 8 "Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes"

Exemption request 9 "Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps for luminous sign for advertising or decorative purposes"

Exemption request 10 "Lead in micro-channel plate for medical devices and monitoring and control instruments"

Exemption request 11 "Lead as an activator in the fluorescent powder of discharge lamps when used as photophoresis lamps containing phosphors such as BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb)"


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 Request 1, Request 2, Request 3, Request 4, Request 5, Request 6, Request 7, Request 8, Request 9, Request 10 and Request 11 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 2012 Exemptions Review, 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.

> Download list of interested stakeholders


Please take note of the specific privacy statement and of personal data protection.


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