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“Stakeholder consultation on exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive)”
Stakeholder consultation on the joint re-evaluation of two requests for exemption from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive), which were first reviewed in 2013-2014 and which are related to cadmium quantum dot applications:
Request 2013-2 "Cadmium in color converting II-VI LEDs (< 10 μg Cd per mm2 of light-emitting area) for use in solid state illumination or display systems" (Request for renewal of Exemption 39 of Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU)"
Request 2013-5 "Cadmium in light control materials used for display devices"

Policy field(s)


Environment, Waste

Target group(s)


Interested stakeholders, list available on consultation page

Period of consultation


                                    From 30.10.2015 to 08.01.2016

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. The scope of the current consultation concerns the revision of two exemptions, which have been evaluated in the past. In December 2012 the Commission received a request for the renewal of Annex III exemption 39, and in May 2013 the request for a new Annex III exemption. The exemptions, both dealing with cadmium quantum dot applications, were both evaluated in the course of an evaluation performed in 2013-2014, whereas the final evaluation report was published in April 2014. On the 20 May 2015, the European Parliament objected to the Commission Delegated act adopted on the basis of the mentioned report, claiming that the report need be updated; These requests are to be revaluated 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 08.01.2016 to or by post to:

Oeko-Institut e.V.
Carl-Otto Gensch
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


See consultation page (2015 Consultation 3) available under    

View the questionnaire


See questionnaire prepared for the joint revaluation of the two requests for exemption related to cadmium quantum dots and first reviewed in 2013-2014, accessible through the following link:
Cadmium quantum-dot joint evaluation

The linked section contains the relevant information for the two evaluated exemptions at hand (e.g. applications for renewal; consultation questionnaire; links to results of former evaluations), also accessible through the following links: Request 2013-2 and Request 2013-5.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details


responsible service

Oeko-Institut e.V.




postal address

P.O. Box 17 71
D - 79017 Freiburg

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