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On 9 Jan, 2014, European Commission published a series of directives to amend the exemptions (Annex III & IV) of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.

In RoHS directive 2011/65/EU, Annex III listed exemptions from the restriction that is applicable to all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), while Annex IV described those specifically for medical devices (category 8) and monitoring and control instruments (category 9).

The inclusion of materials and components of EEE in the exemption lists took into account the availability and reliability of substitutes and the socioeconomic impact of substitution. Directives amending the Annexes would be published for the purposes of adapting to technical progress. Annex III was amended twice in 2012.

Recently, a total of 16 directives amending Annex III and IV of Directive 2011/65/EU is published. In Directive 2014/14/EU, item 1(g) is added to Annex III (Table 1). On the other hand, point 12 in Annex IV is replaced by that described in Directive 2014/9/EU. The other 14 newly published Directives add a total of 14 new items to Annex IV. The new directives are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Table 1: A new exemption item 1(g) is added to Annex III of RoHS Directive

1. Mercury in single capped (compact) fluorescent lamps not exceeding (per burner):

1(a). For general lighting purposes < 30 W: 2.5 mg;
1(b). For general lighting purposes ≥ 30 W and < 50 W: 3.5 mg;
1(c). For general lighting purposes ≥ 50 W and < 150 W: 5 mg;
1(d). For general lighting purposes ≥ 150 W: 15 mg;
1(e). For general lighting purposes with circular or square structural shape and tube diameter ≤ 17 mm: 7 mg;
1(f). For special purposes: 5 mg;
1(g). For general lighting purposes < 30 W with a lifetime equal or above 20 000 h: 3,5 mg.  Expires on 31 December 2017.

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