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Updates to EU RoHS Exemptions

Soon, new EU RoHS exemptions may be published.

According to article 5 of the RoHS Directive (EU Directive 2011/65/EU), exemptions to the EU RoHS general rules must be reviewed every five years in order to remain consistent with scientific and technical progress.  Since Directive entered into force on 21 July 2011, the second review may take place soon.

It is still unclear which of the numerous exemptions will expire or will be changed.  Currently, the German Öko-Institut e.V. Institute for Applied Ecology (mandated by the European Commission) is assessing some of the most common exemptions.

The general aim is to reduce the number of possible exemptions from RoHS in the future so that Electrical and Electronic Equipment contains as few RoHS substances as possible.

No matter, however, which exemptions will be removed now, according to Article 5(6) of the RoHS Directive, if an exemption is set to expire, it nevertheless remains valid for a grace period of 12 to 18 months.

For questions and requests please contact our EFS Product Compliance Team.

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