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The exemptions of RoHS 2.0 (2011/65/EU) are listed in Annex III and Annex IV. These exemptions in Annex III are suitable for all EEE. Meanwhile, the exemptions in Annex IV are only suitable for medical devices (category 8) and monitoring and control instruments (category 9).

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On 16 June 2017, the Official Journal of the European Union has published (EU) 2017/1009, (EU) 2017/1010 and (EU) 2017/1011 to amend the Annex III of 2011/65/EU. The directives shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, and will be implemented on 6 July, 2018. 

The exemption updates in Annex III are listed in the below tables.

Table 1: Updated exemptions in Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1010

Exemption Scope & dates of applicability
9(b) Lead in bearing shells and bushes for refrigerant- containing compressors for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) applications Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11; expires on:
  • 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,
  • 21 July 2021 for other subcategories of categories 8 and 9
9(b)-(I) Lead in bearing shells and bushes for refrigerant- containing hermetic scroll compressors with a stated electrical power input equal or below 9 kW for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) applications Applies to category 1; expires on 21 July 2019.

Table 2: Updated exemption in Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1011

Exemption Scope & dates of applicability
13(a) Lead in white glasses used for optical applications Applies to all categories; expires on:
  • 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;
  • 21 July 2021 for all other categories and subcategories

Table 3: Updated exemptions in Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009

Exemption Scope & dates of applicability
13(b) Cadmium and lead in filter glasses and glasses used for reflectance standards Applies to categories 8, 9 and 11; expires on:
  • 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;
  • 21 July 2021 for other subcategories of categories 8 and 9
13(b)-(I) Lead in ion colored optical filter glass types Applies to categories 1 to 7 and 10; expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1 to 7 and 10
13(b)-(II) Cadmium in striking optical filter glass types; excluding applications falling under point 39 of this Annex
13(b)-(III) Cadmium and lead in glazes used for reflectance standards

Table 4: Updated exemption in Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1975

Exemption Scope & dates of applicability
39(a)

Cadmium selenide in downshifting cadmium-based semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dotsfor use in display lighting applications (<0.2μg Cd per mm2 of display screen area)

Applies to category 1; expires on 21 October 2019                                                                                                                                                                                    
 

 

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