EU Makes 16 Updates to RoHS Exemption List

On Mar. 13, 2019, the European Commission issued updates to the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive exemption list. It extended nine expired exemptions and added seven new exemptions.

Six of the seven new exemptions put additional restrictions on specific categories. Meanwhile, the organization incorporated one brand new exemption (Exemption 42) that applies only to Category 11 (all other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)).

All except is set to begin on March 1, 2020. Exemption 42 takes effect when Category 11 begins on July 22, 2019. The new category applies to “lead” in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines applied in non-road professional use equipment (with engine total displacement thresholds).

All other exemptions listed in its report are unchanged until March 1, 2020.

The expiring exemptions listed in the table are only active for one more year. So, time is running out to implement corrective measures to keep your product on the market. If your products fall under the RoHS Directive, we recommend you review the exemptions to determine any impact. If exemptions apply, you must request updated declarations from suppliers that rely on these exemptions or determine whether a new exemption applies. By doing so, you can ensure your products comply when shipped into the EU.