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Stakeholder consultation on adaptation to scientific and technical progress under Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) for the purpose of a possible amendment of the Annex

Consultation on three existing RoHS exemptions:

Exemption 30 “Cadmium alloys as electrical/mechanical solder joints to electrical conductors located directly on the voice coil in transducers used in high-powered loudspeakers with sound pressure levels of 100 dB (A) and more.”

Exemption 31 “Lead in soldering materials in mercury free flat fluorescent lamps (which e.g. are used for liquid crystal displays, design or industrial lighting).”

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

Policy field(s)

Environment, Waste

Target group(s)

Interested stakeholders

Period of consultation

20.09.2010 to 15.11.2010

Objective of the consultation

Article 4(1) of Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS Directive) provides that 'from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE.’ The Annex to the Directive lists a number of applications of these substances, which are exempted from the requirements of Article 4(1). According to Article 5 (2) of Directive 2002/95/EC the Commission is required to consult the relevant stakeholders before amending the Annex. The results of this consultation will be forwarded to the Technical Adaptation Committee of Directive 2002/95/EC and the Commission services will provide an account of the information received.

This consultation is run by the Öko-Institut together with the Fraunhofer IZM, on behalf of the European Commission, under, with the purpose to collect stakeholder contributions.

How to submit your contribution

If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.

Interested parties are invited to send their comments by e-mail, the latest on 15 November 2010, to or by post to:

Öko-Institut e.V.
Stéphanie Zangl
P.O. Box 17 71
D - 79017 Freiburg

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document

View the questionnaire

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

responsible service

Öko-Institut e.V.


postal address

P.O. Box 17 71
D - 79017 Freiburg

View the contributions

In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Results of consultation and next steps

Non-confidential information submitted during the consultation are posted on the EU CIRCABC website.

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.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement