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Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment

old TV Adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the RoHS 2 Annexes III and IV

Exemptions requests

Several requests to renew exemptions were submitted to the European Commission in the period 07 October 2014 to 21 January 2015 – Table updated on the 31/03/2015. Existing exemptions for which a renewal request has been submitted remain valid until a decision on the renewal request is taken by the Commission. The Commission decision on renewal request(s) for an exemption will either indicate the new expiry date in case of renewal, or, in case of rejection, grant a transition before the exemption expires, i.e. a period of minimum 12 months, maximum 18 months following the decision date.

In contrast, exemptions for which no application for renewal was submitted in due time will expire on the date specified in RoHS 2 Article 5 or in RoHS 2 Annexes.

Considering the very large amount of renewal applications received, the expected timeframe for the Commission to take a decision on a RoHS exemption application is currently 18-24 months from the application date. Priority will be given to older applications.

Exemption n. 7(b) of Annex III to RoHS directive: application for renewal was withdrawn by the applicant. Since no other applications were submitted for this exemption, the Commission services closed the related renewal procedure.

The European Parliament objected to the Commission delegated directive (C(2015)00383), amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications. Current exemption 39 of RoHS 2 Annex III remains valid until a decision is taken by the Commission on applications 2013-2 and 2013-5; the process to update the related scientific assessment was launched at the end of August 2015; the respective assessment has been published in May 2016.

Since the publication of RoHS 2 in 2011, the Commission has launched 12 stakeholder consultations covering 137 applications, both for new exemptions and for the renewal of existing exemptions; exemption applications, related summaries and stakeholders' supplementary information are available online following the links indicated below.

Publicly available information on requests evaluation procedure
The Commission evaluation procedure undertakes a number of steps, starting with the technical assessment study and stakeholder consultation. Several steps are publicly available:

  1. Firstly, certain preliminary documents and the final consultant report will be published on the consultant's websites, see below. Information on the consultations and the consultants' recommendations can also be found under RoHS Studies.
  2. Meeting minutes of Member States expert group are available.
  3. The draft delegated directive/decision is then published for public feedback and notified to the WTO Technical Barrier to Trade committee.
  4. Delegated directives adopted are available before official publication.
  5. After Council and EP scrutiny, a delegated directive is published on the Official Journal.

Closed RoHS 2 stakeholders' consultations

Consultations under RoHS 1 (2008–2012) are also available.