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WEEE/RoHS European Union Legislation and Exemptions

Contents

Text of Directives
Overview of Directives
Status on the Review of RoHS Exemptions)
FAQs on WEEE and RoHS
Text of Directives

Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment - WEEE - (Translate)
Directive 2003/108/EC amending Directive 2002/96/EC on WEEE (Translate)
Commission Decision 2004/249/EC on questionnaire for member state implementation of WEEE (Translate)

Status on the Review of RoHS Exemptions)

Commission Decision 2005/717/EC on further RoHS substance exemptions pdf
Commission Decision 2005/747/EC on further RoHS substance exemptions pdf

The following exemptions are under review

    • Lead in tin whisker resistant coatings for fine pitch applications,
    • Lead bound in glass, crystal glass, lead crystal or full lead crystal in general,
    • Chromium (also in oxidation state (VI)) and Cadmium as colouring batch addition each form up to a content of 2 % in glass, crystal glass, lead crystal or full lead crystal used as decorative and / or functional part of electric or electronic equipment,
    • Solders containing lead and/or cadmium for specific applications,
    • Hexavalent chromium (CRVI) passivation coatings,
    • Lead in lead oxide glass plasma display panels,
    • Lead in connectors, flexible printed circuits, flexible flat cables,
    • Lead oxide in lead glass, bonding materials of magnetic heads and magnetic heads,
    • Cadmium as doping material in avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the optical fiber communication systems,
    • Lead in optical isolators,
    • Lead in sheath heater of Microwaves,
    • Cadmium pigments except for applications banned under Directive 91/338/EEC amending Directive 76/769/EEC relating to the restriction on the marketing and use of certain substances,
    • High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps for professional U.V. applications, containing lead halide as radiant agent,
    • Discharge lamps for special purposes containing lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (1% lead by weight or less),
    • Discharge lamps containing lead in the form of an amalgam,
    • Mercury free flat panel lamp,
    • Special purposes Black Light Blue (BLB) lamps, containing lead in the glass envelope,
    • Low melting point alloys containing lead,
    • Galvanised steel containing up to 0.35% lead by weight and aluminium with an unintended lead content up to 0.4% lead by weight in electrical and electronic equipment,
    • Lead in solder and hexavalent chromium in surface treatment, in parts recovered from production printers and copying equipment, sold, rented or leased or otherwise returned from professional users other than private households, originally put on the market before 1 July 2006, and reused for the same purpose within the original manufacturer's closed loop system until 1 July 2011. In this context a closed loop system means a system whereby the equipment remains the property of the manufacturer or is subject to other contractual arrangements and is returned to the manufacturer either when the contract expires or at end of life,
    • Cadmium sulphide photocells,
    • Applications of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBBs and PBDEs in electrical and electronic equipment in the aeronautic and aerospace sectors that requires high safety standards.
    • On-Semi MCR265-10 SCR;
    • Components NEC V55;
    • The use of lead in solder applications for electronic components of musical instruments having an average lifespan in excess of 10 years;
    • Lead solder alloy in Surge protective devices (SPDs);
    • Inventory of Special ICs having tin-lead solder on/in leads/balls, used in specialist/professional equipment;
    • Lead alloys as electrical/mechanical solder for transducers used in high-powered professional and commercial loudspeakers;
    • Solder containing lead for applications where the local temperature exceeds 150 C and reliable operation for a minimum of 30,000 hours is required;
    • T in-lead solder in the manufacture of professional audio equipment;
    • Specific modular units including tin-lead solder being used in special professional equipment;
    • Lead in electronic vacuum tubes;
    • Lead in aluminium used in gas valves for domestic cooking appliances;
    • “8. Cadmium and its compounds in electrical contacts except for applications of one-shot operation function such as thermal links and cadmium plating except for the applications banned under Directive 91/338/EEC amending Directive 76/769/EEC relating to the restriction on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations.”;
    • Lead in solder of parts recovered from gaming/amusement machines put on the market before 1/07/06 and reused for the same purpose within a manufacturer’s closed loop until July 2014;
    • Lead in solders in components and assemblies used in non-consumer products, provided that: - such components and assemblies were purchased or are subject to a proven last-time buy contract placed before 1 July, 2006; and - such components and assemblies are used in models of EEE that were already available on the market before 1 July 2006;
    • “8. Cadmium plating as defined in Directive 91/338/EEC except for applications banned under Directive 91/338/EEC amending Directive 76/769/EEC relating to restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations.”

FAQs on WEEE and RoHS

FAQs Relevent to both the WEEE and RoHS Directives
FAQs on the WEEE Directive
FAQs on the RoHS Directive

 

 

 


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