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RoHS project, Pack 17 – Assessment of three exemption requests

A project assessing three exemption requests with regards to the RoHS directive’s Annex IV has been initiated by Oeko-Institut e.V. – Institute for Applied Ecology. The Annexes of the directive are to be adapted based on scientific and technical progress as outlined in Article 5 and the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission has requested assistance in providing scientific and technical support for the evaluation of exemption requests with regards to RoHS2 from a consortium led by the Oeko-Institut.

Two of the three requests are for new exemptions of Bis-(ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) for use in certain medical equipment applications, called on by COCIR and GE Healthcare. The third request is for the renewal/amendment of the existing exemption 31a (Annex IV) and also addresses DEHP as well as Di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and their use in spare parts for repair or refurbishment of medical devices, called for by COCIR.

The evaluation is to be performed in co-operation with the European Commission and stakeholders from the electrical and electronic industry, NGO’s and independent experts through a project specific website as well as mailing lists for which stakeholders can register as well as workshop or meetings as needed. A stakeholder consultation is expected to be launched in March and the project will end in August.

For more information visit Oeko-Institut’s RoHS Evaluations website.