Exemption RequestsThe European Commission has requested scientific support from the Öko-Institut e.V. and the Fraunhofer IZM for the evaluation of exemptions for substance restrictions under Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS). Stakeholders can provide comments until 20 March 2012 on pre-chosen exemptions, some of which are new and some which are being revised. The Öko-Institut e.V. then will issue a final opinion on the inclusion of new exemptions to the RoHS Directive.
Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS) states that electrical and electronical equipment shall not contain certain substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers). Nevertheless, there are some exemptions stated in Annexes III and IV which are to be adapted to scientific and technical progress according to Article 5 of the Directive.
Now the European Commission has asked the Öko-Institut e.V. and the Fraunhofer IZM for scientific assistance to evaluate 18 exemptions some of which are new and some which are being revised. The consultation period for stakeholders started on 24 January 2012 and lasts till 20 March 2012.
After consideration of the received comments, the Öko-Institute e.V. in cooperation with the Fraunhofer IZM will issue a final report with their opinion on the inclusion of the revised exemptions. This report is expected to be released in September 2012.
Note: Exemption Requests 2 and 11 are not subject to the consultation process.
Official evaluation website (Project information, exemption details, and information on how to comment on exemptions etc.): http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/index.php?id=96
Text of the RoHS Directive:
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