RoHS: EN IEC 63000:2018 replaces EN 50581:2012
December 01, 2021
With immediate effect: New standard for technical documentation under RoHS
RoHS Exemptions Review
Currently, many companies are waiting for information on the extension of various exemptions that expired on July 21, 2021, such as exemption 6c (lead in copper alloys). Because applications for the extension of the exemption were submitted in due time, among others also by the international association ('RoHS Umbrella Industry Project'), the exemptions will remain in place until the EU Commission has completed its assessment and announced a decision. An important factor in the decision is the report by Öko-Institut e.V., which examines the scope and necessity of the exemption extension.
"Even if a date is communicated there before the end of the year, we assume that a decision will not be made until the beginning of 2022," says. The Commission itself refers to the high number of applications on hand and the processing time of 24 months from the submission of the application. "In concrete terms, this means that until the EU Commission has decided on an application for renewal, this exemption will remain valid unchanged. Nevertheless, manufacturers should start looking for alternatives today, if that has not already started." Experience shows that every exemption renewal includes restrictions up to and including ultimate rejection, as the EU Commission is pursuing with the RoHS Directive.