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EU: RoHS directive amendments for lead and cadmium published

February 2019 - Relevant for: Electrical and Electronics

On 5 February 2019, the European Commission (EC) has published delegation Directives amending 16 exemption applications1 in Annex III of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU2. Member States shall adopt these provisions by 29 February 2020.

The initiatives were published in 2018 after receiving requests for granting new and renewing existing exemptions which were expired on 21 July 2016. Since there are no reliable alternatives available on the market for the applications concerned, the Commission decided the exemption for different categories should be renewed.

Exemption

Exempted applications

Categories

Expires on

7(c)-II

Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher

Does not apply to applications covered by point 7(c)-I and 7(c)-IV of this Annex.

Categories 1-7 and 10

21 July 2021

Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

21 July 2021

Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

21 July 2023

Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for Category 11

21 July 2024

7(c)-IV

7(c)-IV Lead in PZT (lead-zirconium-titanate) based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors which are part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors

Categories 1-7 and 10

21 July 2021

Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

21 July 2021

Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

21 July 2023

Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11

21 July 2024

8(b)

Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts

Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

21 July 2021

Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

21 July 2023

Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for Category 11

21 July 2024

8(b)-I

Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts used in:

  • circuit breakers;
  • thermal sensing controls;
  • thermal motor protectors (excluding hermetic thermal motor protectors);
  • AC switches rated at:
    • 6 A and more at 250 V
      AC and more; or
    • 12 A and more at 125 V
      AC and more;
  • DC switches rated at 20 A and
    more at 18 V DC and more; and
  • switches for use at voltage supply frequency ≥ 200 Hz
               

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    15

    Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages

    Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11

    21 July 2024

    15(a)

    Lead in solders to complete a viable electrical connection between the semiconductor die and carrier within integrated circuit flip chip packages where at least one of the following criteria applies:

    • a semiconductor technology node of 90 nm or larger;

    • a single die of 300 mm2 or larger in any semiconductor technology node;

    • stacked die packages with die of 300 mm2 or larger, or silicon interposers of 300 mm2 or larger.

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    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 (BaSi2O5:Pb)

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11

    21 July 2024

    18(b)-I

    Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1 % lead by weight or less) of discharge lamps containing phosphors such as BSP (BaSi2O5:Pb) when used in medical phototherapy equipment

    Categories 5 and 8, excluding applications covered by entry 34 of Annex IV

    21 July 2021

    21

    Lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses

    Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11

    21 July 2024

    21(a)

    Cadmium when used in colour printed glass to provide filtering functions, used as a component in lighting applications installed in displays and control panels of EEE

    Categories 1 to 7 and 10 except applications covered by entry 21(b) or 39 of Annex III

    21 July 2021

    21(b) 

    Cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on glasses, such as borosilicate and soda lime glasses

    Categories 1 to 7 and 10 except applications covered by entry 21(a) or 39 of Annex III

    21 July 2021

    21(c)

    Lead in printing inks for the application of enamels on other than borosilicate glasses

    Categories 1 to 7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    29

    Lead bound in crystal glass as defined in Annex I (Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4) of Council Directive 69/493/EEC

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for Category 11

    21 July 2024

     32

    Lead oxide in seal frit used for making window assemblies for Argon and Krypton laser tubes

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

     Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for Category 11

    21 July 2024

     37

    Lead in the plating layer of high voltage diodes on the basis of a zinc borate glass body

    Categories 1-7 and 10

    21 July 2021

    Categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments

    21 July 2021

    Category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices

    21 July 2023

    Category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for Category 11

    21 July 2024

     42

    Lead in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines applied in non-road professional use equipment:

    • with engine total displacement ≥ 15 litres; or

    • with engine total displacement < 15 litres and the engine is designed to operate in applications where the time between signal to start and full load is required to be less than 10 seconds; or regular maintenance is typically performed in a harsh and dirty outdoor environment, such as mining, construction, and agriculture applications.

    Category 11, excluding applications covered by entry 6(c) of Annex III

    21 July 2024

    [1] OJEU L33, Vol. 62

    [2] Consolidated version of RoHS 2 Directive

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