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The European Commission has recently updated the EU RoHS exemptions list. Importantly, as of July 1st, 2019, the exemptions 6(a) and 6(b) will be modified as follows:

Exemption #DescriptionExpiration date
6aLead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanized steel containing up to 0.35 % lead by weight

 

Applies to categories 8 and 9.  Expires on:
— 21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;
— 21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;
— 21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.
6a-ILead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight and in batch hot dip galvanized steel components containing up to 0.2 % lead by weightApplies to categories 1 to 7 and 10.  Expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10.
6bLead as an alloying element in aluminum containing up to 0.4 % lead by weightApplies to categories 8 and 9.  Expires on:
— 21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;
— 21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;
— 21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.
6b-ILead as an alloying element in aluminum containing up to 0.4 % lead by weight, provided it stems from lead-bearing aluminum scrap recyclingApplies to categories 1 to 7 and 10.  Expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10.
6b-IILead as an alloying element in aluminum for machining purposes with a lead content up to 0.4 % by weightApplies to categories 1 to 7 and 10.  Expires on 18 May 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10.

RoHS product technical files and declarations of conformity will have to be updated accordingly.

Here are further details about EU RoHS requirements: https://www.enviropass.ca/english/eu-rohs/