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Consultation

Title

 

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

Consultation on the renewal/amendment of 29 RoHS exemptions listed in Annex III:

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"

Policy field(s):

 

Environment, Waste

Target group(s):

 

Interested stakeholders, list available on consultation page

Period of consultation

 

                                    From 21.08.2015 to 16.10.2015

Objective of the consultation

 

 

The RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) (RoHS 1) has been recasted and has now become Directive 2011/65/EU that entered into force on 21 July 2011, repealing Directive 2002/95/EC on 3 January 2013. Eighty three recently submitted requests for renewal/amendment of existing Annex III exemptions (in some cases multiple requests for the same exemption), from the substance restrictions of Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2), will be evaluated on the basis of the criteria for exemptions in Art. 5(1)(a) RoHS 2.

How to submit your contribution

 

Interested parties are invited to send their comments by e-mail, at latest on the 19 June 2015, to rohs.exemptions@oeko.de or by post to:

Oeko-Institut e.V.
Carl-Otto Gensch
P.O. Box 17 71
D - 79017 Freiburg
Germany

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

 

See consultation page (2015 Consultation 2) available under http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=228  

View the questionnaire

 

See questionnaires available under the exemption request specific sections, accessible through the following links:
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 and Exemption 37
Each section contains the relevant information for the various exemptions at hand (e.g. applications for renewal; consultation questionnaire; results of former evaluations).

Access the invitation to(insert title of the meeting, public hearing or seminar)

 

Not applicable

Reference documents and other, related consultations

 

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/rohs_eee/adaptation_en.htm

Contact details

 

responsible service

Oeko-Institut e.V.

 

e-mail

rohs.exemptions@oeko.de

 

postal address

P.O. Box 17 71
D - 79017 Freiburg
Germany

Reason why the consultation period is less than 8 weeks

 

Not applicable

Reason why notice of the meeting*/seminar*/public hearing* is less than 20 working days

 

Not applicable

Number of responses received to this consultation

 

 

View the contributions

 

In the interest 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 will be posted on the EU CIRCA 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 have been identified.

Protection of personal data

Specific privacy statement