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


Consultation on the renewal/amendment of 2 RoHS exemptions:
Exemption 2016-1 “Lead in bearings and bushes of professional-use non-road equipment engines that meet the following criteria:

  • 15 litre and larger total displacement professional use
  • Less than 15 litre engines for professional non-road equipment designed for use where the time between a signal to start and full load is required to be less than 10 seconds, for example in emergency, standby generators and peak shaving generators
  • Less than 15 litre engines for professional non-road equipment designed for operation in harsh and dirty environments such as construction sites, quarries, mines, etc. for example, in drills, air compressors, rock crushers, irrigation pumps and tub grinders”;
Exemption 2016-2 “Lead in solders used to construct and connect to Peltier thermal cyclers used for in-vitro diagnostic analysers that use polymerase chain reaction”.

Policy field(s):


Environment, Waste

Target group(s): interested stakeholders, list available on consultation page

Period of consultation


                                    From 14.03.2016 to 09.05.2016

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. Two recently submitted requests for new exemptions, 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 9 of May 2016, to or by post to:

Oeko-Institut e.V.
Ms. Yifaat Baron
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 (2016 Cons. 1) available under

View the questionnaire


See questionnaire available under
The Ex. Re. Page for Exemption 2016-1:;  and
The Ex. Re. Page for Exemption 2016-2:

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