EU Launches Consultation on Three RoHS Exemption Requests


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The European Union has launched a stakeholder consultation on three new exemption requests. The online stakeholder consultation started on September 26, 2017 and will run for six weeks until November 7, 2017. It covers a request for the renewal of an existing exemption and two requests for new exemptions from the RoHS Directive:

  • Request 2017-1 “Lead in solder used to make electrical connections to vacuum boards used in Mass Spectrometers. Boards designed to be used periodically under low pressure. 5 years”
  • Request 2017-2 “Use of lead in welds for soldering of certain printed circuit board assemblies in gas detectors.”
  • Annex III, 1(g) “Mercury in single – capped (compact) fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes < 30 W with a lifetime equal or above 20 000 h: 3,5 mg. 5 years (Max)”

IPC’s RoHS Exemptions Task Group will review the requests. IPC members interested in joining this group or providing input should contact Fern Abrams, director of regulatory affairs, at FernAbrams@ipc.org.

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