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Recent developments in EU ROHS exemption clauses
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  TheEUupdatesthevalidityperiodofthe42ndexemptionclauseinAnnexIVoftheRoHSDirective


  OnJune2,2021,theEuropeanUnionissuedDirective(EU)2021/884initsofficialgazette,amendingtheperiodofthe42ndexemptionclauseinAnnexIVoftheEURoHSDirective(2011/65/EU)andextendingitsvalidityto2026June30.


  Article42ofAnnexIVoftheRoHSDirectiveexemptsmercuryfromelectricalrotaryconnectorsusedinintravascularultrasoundimagingsystemswithhighoperatingfrequency(>50MHz)operatingmodes.


  Accordingtothereviseddirective,duetothelackofalternatives,itiscurrentlynotscientificallyandtechnologicallyfeasibletoreplaceoreliminatemercuryinrelatedapplications.


  Thereviseddirectivecameintoeffect20daysafteritwaspublishedintheofficialgazette.


  TheEURoHSDirectiveintendstoamendanumberofmercuryexemptionsinAppendixIII


  FromJune14toJune23,2021,theEuropeanUnionissuedanumberofdraftamendmentstotheRoHSDirective(2011/65/EU)AnnexIIIinvolvingmercuryexemptionclauses,andlaunchedpublicconsultation.


  Thecontentsofthesedraftsinclude:revocationofexemptionclauses1(ae),1(g),2(a)(1-5),andclauses1(ae),2(a)(1),2(a)(4),2(a)(5)willexpire12monthsaftertheauthorizationorderispassed,andclauses1(g),2(a)(2)and2(a)(3)willexpire18monthsaftertheauthorizationorderispassed;


  Fromthedateofapprovaloftheauthorizationinstruction,extendthevalidityperiodof3(ac),4(e)forfiveyears;update1(f),2(b)(3),2(b)(4),4(a),Afterthecontentsofclauses4(f)and4(c)orexemptionconditions,thevalidityperiodof3yearsor5yearsaftertheauthorizationinstructionispassedwillbegivenrespectively.


  TheEUhassetafour-weekpublicconsultationperiodforeachdraftrevisiondirective,duringwhichstakeholderscansubmitconsultationopinions.


  Item6(c)inAppendixIIIoftheRoHS2.0Directive


  Theleadcontentincopperalloysislessthan4%.Theapplicationinvolvedinthisexemptionclauseiswidelyusedintheelectricalandelectronicindustry,andrelatedpartieshavesubmittedanapplicationforextension.ItiscurrentlybeingevaluatedintheEURoHSconsultingprojectPack22,whichwillbeevaluatedonJuly27,2021.Attheendoftheday,theprojectreportwillbereleased.


  TheEuropeanCommissionwillmakeadecisiononwhethertopostponetheprojectbasedonthepublicconsultationopinionsandtherecommendationsinthefinalprojectreport.


  ArethereanyotherdevelopmentsintherecentEURoHS2.0exemptionclauses?


  OnJune2,2021,theEuropeanUnionissuedDirective(EU)2021/884initsofficialgazette,extendingthevalidityperiodofthe42ndexemptionclauseofAnnexIVoftheEURoHSDirectivetoJune30,2026.


  Whathappenstothevalidityperiodsetfortheexemptionclause?


  Beforetheexemptionclauseexpires,companiesorindustryorganizationscanapplytotheEuropeanCommissiontoextendthevalidityperiodoftheexemption18monthsinadvance.


  TheEuropeanCommissionshouldevaluatetheextensionapplicationreceivedanddecidewhethertoextendtheexemptionclause.


  Duringtheofficialevaluationperiod,theexemptionclauseisstillvalid.


  Iftheextensionisapproved,theofficialwillgiveanewvalidityperiod;iftheapplicationforextensionoftheexemptionclauseisrejectedortheexemptionclauseisrevoked,theclausewillbecomeinvalidafter12to18monthsfromthedateofdecision.


  Theexemptionclausesforwhichnoapplicationforextensionhasbeenfiledbyarelatedpartywillautomaticallybecomeinvalidafterexpiration.