EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLISHES DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/585 TO ADD PBDE TO ANNEX IV

On the 16th of April 2016 the Official Journal of the European Union officially published Directive (EU) 2016/585 amending point 31 of Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2.0) this amendment regards an exemption for lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in spare parts recovered from and used for the repair or refurbishment of medical devices or electron microscopes. Member States must adopt and publish by 28 February 2017 the laws, regulations and administrative requirements necessary to comply with this Directive. The member states shall communicate to the Commission the text of those laws, regulations and other requirements. They shall apply such from the 6th of November 2017.

Requirements of the Regulations

Point 31 is deleted, the following point 31a is added:

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The exemption list includes lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, but now PBDE is also included as an exemption. For the exemptions listed in Annex III, the maximum validity period, for categories 1 to 7 and 10 of Annex I, shall be 5 years from 21 July 2011, for categories 8 and 9 of Annex I 7 years from the
relevant dates. For the exemptions listed in Annex IV , the maximum validity period, shall be 7 years from the relevant dates. An application for renewal of an exemption shall be made no later than 18 months before the exemption expires. The Commission shall decide on an application for renewal of an exemption no later than 6 months before the expiry date of the existing exemption unless
specific circumstances justify other deadlines. The existing exemption shall remain valid until a decision on the renewal application is taken by the Commission.

CTI Suggestion

The RoHS 2.0 exemption have great influence on the electrical and electronics related industry, at this time detailed information has not been announced, CTI will release relevant information if any is published. Enterprises need to implement the most up to date RoHS requirements, and should conduct a supply chain survey. This will ensure that they are fully prepared when the regulations come into force.