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The Oeko-Institut has completed it’s review of nine Annex III RoHS exemptions. When considering the extension of certain exemptions, one of three conditions must be met:
The institute takes these conditions into consideration when making recommendations. A summary of their recommendations regarding each individual exemption is included below.
Exemption 6(a) is recommended to expire 21 July 2023 for category 8 and 21 July 2024 for category 9.
Exemption 6(a)-I is recommended to expire 21 July 2024 for all categories.
The Oeko-Institut has recommended the addition of exemption 6(a)-II: Lead as an alloying element in batch hot dip galvanized steel components containing up to 0.2% lead by weight. The expiration for this exemption is 21 July 2026 for all categories.
Exemption 6(b) expired in 2019 for categories 1 to 7 and 10 and in 2020 for categories 8 and 9. Category 11 can use exemption 6(b) until 21 July 2024
This exemption will expire 12 months after the official decision is made for all categories. They have recommended the introduction of exemption 6(b)-III: Lead as an alloying element in aluminium casting alloys containing up to 0.3% lead by weight provided it stems from lead-bearing aluminium scrap recycling. This exemption is set to expire 21 July 2026 for all RoHS categories.
Exemption 6(b)-II will expire 18 months after the decision for all RoHS categories. The recommended replacement is 6(b)-IV: Lead as an alloying element in aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 0.4% by weight in gas valves applied in category I EEE (large household appliances).
This exemption is recommended to expire on 21 July 2026 for all categories.
Exemption 7(a) is recommended to expire for all categories except those specifically outlined 21 July 2024.
This exemption is set to expire 21 July 2024 for all categories. The recommended replacement is exemption 7(c)-V: Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or glass matrix compound that fulfils the following functions: 1) protection and electrical insulation in glass beads of high voltage diodes and glass layers for wafer on the basis of a lead-zinc borate or a lead-silica-borate glass body,* 2) for hermetic sealings between ceramic, metal and/or glass parts 3) for bonding purposes in a process parameter window for < 500°C combined with a viscosity of 1013,3 dPas (so called “glass transition temperature”) 4) used as resistance materials such as ink, with a resistivity range from 1 Ohms/square to 1 Mega Ohms/square, excluding trimmer potentiometers** 5) used in chemically modified glass surfaces for Microchannel Plates (MCPs), Channel Electron Multipliers (CEMs) and Resistive Glass Products (RGPs). Exemption 7(c)-V is set to expire 21 July 2026 for all categories.
The second recommended exemption for replace is 7(c)-VI: Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a ceramic that fulfils the following functions (excluding items covered under item 7(c)-II, 7(c)-III and 7(c)-IV of this annex): 1) piezoelectric lead zirconium titanate (PZT) ceramics 2) providing ceramics with a positive temperature coefficient (PTC). This exemption is set to expire on 21 July 2026 for all categories.
Exemption 7(c)-II is recommended to expire 21 July 2026 for all categories.
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