7 Aug 2023
Numerous hazardous substances are prohibited in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) under the EU RoHS directive, aimed at safeguarding the environment and human health. RoHS 2.0 replaced the original RoHS directive (2002/95/EC) in 2003, following its recasting in July 2011 (2011/65/EU). Member states will commence applying the new exemptions from September 1, 2023.
However, specific applications or industries are granted exemptions from RoHS requirements, which come with designated expiration dates. To ensure complete adherence to regulations, industries must identify suitable alternative technologies or materials during the exemption period.
On October 28, 2022, the European Commission introduced exemptions to the EU RoHS Directive, affecting businesses that utilize hexavalent chromium. These exemptions permit limited use of hexavalent chromium in certain applications, despite its hazardous nature. To maintain compliance with the directive, companies must both abide by the regulations and adhere to the outlined conditions of the exemptions. For a detailed list of changes, refer to: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dir_del/2023/171/oj
The updated “9(a)-III” exemption now pertains to Category 1 Large Appliances and remains valid until December 31, 2026. This exemption allows the utilization of up to 0.7 percent by weight of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor in the working fluid of carbon steel closed circuit gas absorption heat pumps. Member states will begin accepting applications for the new exemptions from September 1, 2023.
It’s crucial to note that information concerning RoHS exemptions may evolve with time, potentially leading to the addition of new exemptions or the revision of existing ones. Manufacturers and businesses impacted by RoHS should consistently monitor the latest updates from the European Commission to ensure ongoing compliance. This vigilance ensures alignment with the current regulations.
Exemptions within the EU RoHS Directive affecting companies using hexavalent chromium were introduced by the European Commission (EC) on October 28, 2022.
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