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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

Currently different “packs” of exemption requests are being reviewed under a framework contract 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)":

  • The Pack 15 project started 29 December 2017 and will run over a period of 18 months, thus ending 28 June 2019. It shall include two main parts, one of which is relevant for exemption evaluation. In Part 2 of the project, Exemption Evaluation, a methodology guideline for exemption evaluation shall be compiled and updated and a request for a new exemption shall be evaluated. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. Interim reports are to be delivered to the Commission throughout the project. The final report is due at the end of the the project in June 2019. Stakeholder consultations are planned in relation to the various parts and shall be announced as the project progresses. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 15 and Technical Specifications - Pack 15
  • The Pack 16 project started 14 September 2018 and will run over a period of 8 months, thus ending 13 May 2019. It covers two exemption requests: one request for the renewal of an existing exemptions and one request for a new exemption. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the third month of the contract and can be expected towards December 2018. The final report has been published and can be downloaded here.
  • The Pack 17 project started 12 December 2018 and will run over a period of 8 months, thus ending 11 August 2019. It covers three exemption requests relating to Annex IV of the RoHS Directive: one request for the amendment of existing exemption 31 a and two requests for new exemptions. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the third month of the contract and can be expected towards April 2019. The final report is due at the end of the project in August 2019. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 17 and Technical Specifications - Pack 17.
  • The Pack 18 project started 20 August 2019 and will run over a period of 8 months, thus ending 19 April 2020. The study initially covered seven exemption requests relating to Annex III and IV of the RoHS Directive, but the scope of this study has changed: The assessment of the request for renewal of exemptions 6(a), 6(b), 6(c), 7(a) and 7(c)-I of Annex III has been suspended. Thus the study now only covers two of the seven exemption requests: one request for renewal of the existing exemption 27 of Annex IV and one request for a new exemption of Annex IV. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the third month of the contract and can be expected towards November 2019. The final report is due at the end of the project in April 2020. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 18 and Technical Specifications - Pack 18.
  • The Pack 19 project started 11 November 2019 and will run over a period of 6 months, thus ending 10 Mai 2020. The study covers the request for the renewal of the exemption 12. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the third month of the contract and can be expected towards February 2020. The final report is due at the end of the project in Mai 2020. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 19 and Technical Specifications - Pack 19.
  • The Pack 20 project started 11 November 2019 and will run over a period of 6 months, thus ending 10 Mai 2020. The study covers the request for a new exemption. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the third month of the contract and can be expected towards February 2020. The final report is due at the end of the project in Mai 2020. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 20 and Technical Specifications - Pack 20.
  • The Pack 22 project started 28 October 2020 and will run over a period of 10 months, thus ending 27 August 2021. The study covers requests for therenewal of nine exemptions. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Ramboll Deutschland GmbH. Oeko-Institut e.V. is leading the project and performingall related tasks. An interim report shall be delivered to the European Commission before the end of the fifth month of the contract. The final report is due at the end of the project in August 2021. For details, please study Project Description - Pack 22 and Technical Specifications - Pack 22.

 

 

 

Other topics

  • The Pack 15 project started 29 December 2017 and will run over a period of 18 months, thus ending 28 June 2019. It shall include two main parts, one of which is relevant for Substance Restriction. In Part 1, Substance Restriction, the existing methodology to identify and assess substances for possible restrictions shall be updated, and an update of the substance inventory shall be performed, as well as the assessment of a number of substances for possible restriction in the future. The project has been contracted within a framework contract lead by Oeko-Institut, who is also leading the project, assisted by Fraunhofer IZM in the tasks at hand. Interim reports are to be delivered to the Commisison throughout the project. The final report is due at the end of the the project in June 2019. Stakeholder consultations are planned in relation to the various parts and shall be announced as the project progresses.For details, please study Project Description - Pack 15 and Technical Specifications -  Pack 15

 

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).