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EU: RoHS renews 7 lead exemptions

May 2018 - Relevant for: Electrical & Electronics

On 18 May 2018, the European Commission renewed 7 RoHS exemptions in Annex III. These applications were evaluated and no reliable alternatives are available.

As compared with the proposal, there is no technical change in the published RoHS exemptions. The amendment covered diversified applications of materials and components containing lead.

The renewed exemptions are listed in Table A below. Details such as scope and expiry dates can be referred to our previous E-ssentials.

Table A. List of 7 RoHS exemptions in Annex III

Exemption No.

Exemption application

 

Directive

6(a), 6(a)-I

Lead as an alloying element in steel

Directive 2018/739/EU2

6(b), 6(b)-I, 6(b)-II

Lead as an alloying element in aluminium

Directive 2018/740/EU3

6(c)

Lead as an alloying element in copper

Directive 2018/741/EU4

7(a)

Lead in high melting temperature solders

Directive 2018/742/EU5

7(c)-I

Lead in glass or ceramic

Directive 2018/736/EU6

24

Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors

Directive 2018/737/EU7

34

Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements

Directive 2018/738/EU8

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