A heads up on RoHS exemptions: The current evaluation of RoHS Recast exemptions has been published.
A note: RoHS affects most industries, as almost every product sold today has an electronic component. The auto industry is a simple example: electronics run our cars, trucks and vans, not to mention the machines that design & build them. But that's just the beginning. Today's paper greeting cards sing "Happy Birthday" (electronically) and woolen hats contain electronic sensors embedded to identify merchandise. In short: RoHS applies more broadly than some suppose.
This RoHS consultation period covers 18 exemption requests -- which include lead in many specific uses, cadmium in some uses, and mercury in one use:
- Exemption request 1 "Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts or one shot pellet type thermal cut-offs with current ratings of 5 Amperes or more, for use in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9.)"
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- Exemption request 3 "Cadmium in phosphor coatings in image intensifiers for X-ray images"
- Exemption request 4 "Lead acetate marker for use in stereotactic headframes for use with CT and MRI and in positioning systems for gamma beam and particle therapy equipment"
- Exemption request 5 "Lead as an alloying element as a lubricant for bearings and wear surfaces in radiotherapy equipment and radiosurgery equipment and for patient and equipment support systems"
- Exemption request 6 "Lead to enable thermal compression process to make a vacuum tight connection between aluminium and steel for X-ray image intensifiers"
- Exemption request 7 "Lead in non-magnetic pin connector systems used at temperatures below minus 20°C"
- Exemption request 8 "Lead in solder for electrical circuitry that is used at temperatures below -20°C"
- Exemption request 9 "Lead in solders and solderable coatings used on non-magnetic components and circuits that are used in magnetic fields or are associated with circuits used inside strong magnetic fields"
- Exemption request 10 "Lead in solders to PCBs for mounting cadmium telluride and cadmium zinc telluride digital array detectors"
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- Exemption request 12 "Lead and cadmium in optical and filter glass in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9.)"
- Exemption request 13 "Lead and cadmium in metallic bonds creating superconducting magnetic circuits"
- Exemption request 14 "Lead in alloys as a superconductor and thermal conductor in devices that depend on superconductivity for their operation"
- Exemption request 15 "Lead not exceeding 20% in bronze bearings and bushes in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9.)"
- Exemption request 16 "Lead in solders consisting of more than two elements for the connection between the pins and the package of microprocessors with a lead content of more than 80% and less than 85% by weight used in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9)"
- Exemption request 17 "Lead in glass of electronic components and fluorescent tubes, or in electronic ceramic parts (including dielectric ceramic capacitors) used in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9.)"
- Exemption request 18 "Lead used in compliant pin connector systems for use in monitoring and control instruments (Category 9)"
- Exemption request 19: "Handicraft luminous discharge tubes (HLDT) used for signs, decorative lighting and light-artwork, in fixed or portable installations as per definition in EN50107-1(2002) “1 Scope” and in prHD60364-7-719 number 719-1"
- Exemption request 20: "Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps (CCFL and EEFL) for special purposes not exceeding 5 mg per lamp in lighting applications for monitoring and control instruments (Category 9)"
Please note that request No. 2 and 11 have been submitted to the Commission and are not part of the current review project.
This exemption consultation period runs for eight weeks from January 24, 2012 to March 20, 2012. Stakeholders are invited to participate. All unconfidential information provided by stakeholders will be uploaded on the EU CIRCA website.
Going forward, the list of banned substances under RoHS will be reviewed on a regular basis.