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The final report on the study to assess two exemption requests in Annexes III and IV to the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) have been prepared by Oeko-Institut e.V and peer reviewed by Fraunhofer Institute IZM and published on the European Commission’s CIRCABC website as well as on Oeko’s own website.
The report was prepared under the Framework Contract: “Assistance to the Commission on technical, socio-economic and cost-benefit assessments related to the implementation and further development of EU waste legislation” and outlines the outcome of the assessment of the renewal of exemption IV.42 and the request for a new exemption for lead and hexavalent chromium compounds in electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil (professional) use.
The key outcomes include a recommendation for extension of exemption IV.42 to 30 June 2026, from the original expiry date of 30 June 2019. Regarding the requested new exemption for lead and hexavalent chromium in electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil (professional) use, the authors recommend a narrower scope of the exemption to be valid for five years. The exemption is recommended to apply not to all lead and hexavalent chromium compounds but to lead diazide, lead styphnate, lead dipicramate, orange lead (lead tetroxide), lead dioxide in electric and electronic initiators of explosives and barium chromate in long time pyrotechnic delay charges, both for civil (professional) use.