Exemptions to RoHS 2 Updated by European Commission

The EU has published ten directives which amend Annex III to RoHS 2. These update nine exemptions and add one new entry.
( | Press Release | 2019-05-10 14:34:30 )
The European Commission has amended Annex III of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) with the publishing of Directives (EU) 2019/169 to (EU) 2019/178.

Published on February 5, 2019, the directives update the exemptions to RoHS 2. Directives (EU) 2019/169 to (EU) 2019/177 add greater clarity to existing exemptions. Directive (EU) 2019/178 creates a new exemption, entry 42, for the use of lead in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines used in non-road professional use equipment.

The amendments cover a variety of applications (materials and components), which use lead and cadmium. These include:
• Lead used in certain dielectric ceramics, solders, fluorescent powders and printing inks
• Cadmium used in certain electrical contacts and printing inks

To see a comprehensive list of the updated exemption list in Annex III of RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, read our original Safeguard 054/19: []

Member States are expected to adopt these updates by March 1, 2020, with the exception of Entry 42, which will be applied on July 22, 2019.

SGS RoHS Services
Through a global network of laboratories and our requirements experts, SGS offers advisory services on requirements and compliance solutions to support companies affected by this Directive, be it for their conformity assessment or risk management in the supply chain. SGS offers RoHS testing services in laboratories accredited for the international standards applicable to these requirements and SGS RoHS Certification which is a voluntary product certification scheme. Learn more about SGS’s RoHS Services []

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full EU Updates Certain RoHS 2 Exemptions SafeGuardS. []

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