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New* RoHS project to assess the substances currently restricted under Directive 2011/65/EU



A new RoHS project to assess the substances currently restricted under Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2), as well as evaluate a request for a new Annex III exemption has been started. The two-part project, Pack 15, being led by the Oeko-Instritut and Fraunhofer IZM, includes Part 1: Substance restriction and Part 2: Exemption evaluation.

Part 1 of this RoHS project supports the requirements laid out in RoHS 2 Article 6, which calls for periodic review of the restricted substances listed in Annex II, as well as includes the stipulations for amending that list. This substance restriction portion of Pack 15 will begin with updating the existing methods of identifying and assessing substances to ensure they meet the criteria listed in Article 6 of the RoHS 2 Directive (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32011L0065&from=EN). During the course of this revision, seven new substances will be evaluated as possible additions to the Annex II substances (http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=289).

  • Diantimony trioxide
  • Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A)
  • Indium phosphide
  • Medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs) -Alkanes, 14-17, chloro
  • Beryllium and its compounds
  • Nickel sulphate and nickel sulfamate
  • Cobalt dichloride and cobalt sulphate

 

This task will also inventory the current substances and produce quantitative usage data for those prioritized substances used in EEE, along with create a view for refining the prioritization for restriction of substances in future review cycles.

Part 2 of Pack 15 entails updating the existing methods of exemption application approval while keeping with the criteria set forth in Article 5 of the RoHS 2 Directive (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:32011L0065&from=EN). Methods used during previous exemptions evaluations will also be considered in order to provide further guidance. During the process of updating the methodology, a new exemption request for “the use of cadmium in luminescent material for on-chip application on LED semiconductor chips” will be considered for approval.

This project was assigned to Oeko-Instritut and Fraunhofer IZM on 29 December 2017 and will run over the course of 18 months, ending on 28 June 2019. All announcements will be made on the Pack 15 project page of the RoHS website. Stakeholder consultations will be performed in the course of this study in order to fulfill the above stated objectives. There is currently an open stakeholder consultation on the addition of the seven substances open until 15 June 2018. (http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=289)