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  • EU RoHS amends Annex III and Annex IV exemption requirements
  • On 5 March 2020 the EU Official Journal(OJ) published five new directives(EU)2020/360, (EU)2020/361, (EU)2020/364, (EU)2020/365 and (EU)2020/366, amending Annex III and Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU. See below the details:

    RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU  ANNEX III and its subsequent amendments

    Exemption Items

    Expires Date

    9 Hexavalent chromium as an anticorrosion agent of the carbon steel cooling system in absorption refrigerators up to 0,75 % by weight in the cooling solution

    Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11 and 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.

    9(a)-I Up to 0,75 % hexavalent chromium by weight, used as an anticorrosion agent in the cooling solution of carbon steel cooling systems of absorption refrigerators  (including minibars) designed to operate fully or partly with electrical heater, having an average utilised power input < 75 W at constant running conditions

    Applies to categories 1-7 and 10 and expires on 5 March 2021.

    9(a)-II Up to 0,75 % hexavalent chromium by weight, used as an anticorrosion agent in the cooling solution of carbon steel cooling systems of absorption refrigerators:

    designed to operate fully or partly with electrical heater, having an average utilized power input 75 W at constant running conditions,

    designed to fully operate with non-electrical heater.

    Applies to categories 1-7 and 10 and expires on 5 March 2021.

    41 Lead in solders and termination finishes of electrical and electronic components and finishes of printed circuit boards used in ignition modules and other electrical and electronic engine control systems, which for technical reasons must be mounted directly on or in the crankcase or cylinder of handheld combustion engines (classes SH:1, SH:2, SH:3 of Directive 97/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council)

    Applies to all categories and expires on:

    31 March 2022 for categories 1 to 7, 10 and 11;

    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.

    RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU  ANNEX IV and its subsequent amendments

    Exemption Items

    Expires Date

    37.Lead in platinized platinum electrodes used for conductivity measurements where at least one of the following conditions applies:

    (a) wide-range measurements with a conductivity range covering more than 1 order of magnitude (e.g. range between 0,1 mS/m and 5 mS/m) in laboratory applications for unknown concentrations;

    (b) measurements of solutions where an accuracy of +/– 1 % of the sample range and where high corrosion resistance of the electrode are required for any of the following:

    (i)  solutions with an acidity < pH 1;

    (ii) solutions with an alkalinity > pH 13;

    (iii) corrosive solutions containing halogen gas;

    (c) measurements of conductivities above 100 mS/m that must be performed with portable instruments.

    Expires on 31 December 2025

    41. Lead as a thermal stabiliser in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used as base material in amperometric, potentiometric and conductometric electrochemical sensors which are used in in-vitro diagnostic medical devices for the analysis of blood and other body fluids and body gases.

    Expires on 31 March 2022

    44. Cadmium in radiation tolerant video camera tubes designed for cameras with a centre resolution greater than 450 TV lines which are used in environments with ionising radiation exposure exceeding 100 Gy/hour and a total dose in excess of 100kGy.

    Applies to category 9. Expires on 31 March 2027.

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