EU – The Update of the RoHS Consultation on the Renewal of Nine Exemptions (Pack 22)

​The European Commission assigned a project regarding the renewal of nine exemptions (Pack 22) to Oeko-institut on October 28, 2020, and will run over a period of 10 months until the end of July. Recently, the project has been updated by adding new documents on the platform concerning the renewal of the following exemptions: – Exemption 6(a)/6(a)-I for lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanized steel containing up to 0.35% lead by weight – Exemption 6(b)/6(b)-I for lead as an alloying element in aluminium containing up to 0.4% lead by weight, provided it stems from lead-bearing aluminium scrap recycling – Exemption 6(b)-II for lead as an alloying element in aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 0.4% by weight – Exemption 6(c) for copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight – Exemption 7(a) for lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85% by weight or more lead) – Exemption 7(c)-I for electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors, e.g. piezoelectric devices, or in a glass or ceramic matrix compound – Exemption 7(c)-II for lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125V AC or 250 V DC or highter The update includes: – Applications submitted by the Umbrella Project now include both the application originally posted at the beginning of the consultation and an additional one concerning the renewal of the exemption for RoHS Annex I category 11. The latter applications are similar in content to the original ones, but request the renewal for this category that was not included in the original applications. These applications have been added to the assessment to the request of the Commission and following a request from the Umbrella Project and mean that Cat. 11 shall be considered in the assessment of all exemptions, with possible consequences to the validity of exemptions to EEE of this Category – Responses to clarification questions from all applicants – An update document with the summary of the main argumentation and with questions for stakeholders has been prepared for each of the exemption under assessment and uploaded – for most exemptions, additional questions have been added to the initial questions posted at the beginning of the consultation – A few contributions have already been received and have been uploaded on the respective exemption page. This concerns Exemption 6(c) and Exemption 7(C)-I​​ The consultation is scheduled to continue until March 3, 2021.