Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the RoHS 2 Annexes III and IV
Several requests to renew existing exemptions as well as requests for new exemptions were submitted to the European Commission in the period October 2014 to January 2018.
Existing exemptions for which a renewal request has been submitted remain valid until a decision on the renewal request is taken by the Commission. The Commission decision on renewal request(s) for an exemption will either indicate the new expiry date in case of renewal, or, in case of rejection, grant a transition before the exemption expires, i.e. a period of minimum 12 months, maximum 18 months following the decision date. In contrast, exemptions for which no application for renewal was submitted in due time will expire on the date specified in RoHS 2 Article 5 or in RoHS 2 Annexes.
Regarding requests for new exemptions, equipment using applications for which a request for a new exemption was submitted has to comply with the Directive in order to be placed on the Union market until a decision granting a new exemption is adopted by the Commission.
A table providing an overview of Annex III and IV exemptions, including their validity status and submitted exemption requests, is available here.
Considering the very large amount of renewal applications received, the expected timeframe for the Commission to take a decision on a RoHS exemption application is currently 18-24 months from the application date. Priority will be given to older applications.
Exemption n. 7(b) of Annex III to RoHS directive: application for renewal was withdrawn by the applicant. Since no other applications were submitted for this exemption, the Commission services closed the related renewal procedure.
Since the publication of RoHS 2 in 2011, the Commission has launched 14 stakeholder consultations covering 147 applications, both for new exemptions and for the renewal of existing exemptions; exemption applications, related summaries and stakeholders’ supplementary information are available online following the links indicated below.
Publicly available information on the evaluation procedure
The Commission evaluation procedure involves a number of steps, starting with the technical assessment study and stakeholder consultation. Several steps are publicly available:
- Certain preliminary documents and the final consultant’s report will be published on the consultant’s websites, see below. Information on the consultations and the consultant’s recommendations can also be found under RoHS Studies.
- Meeting minutes of Member States expert group are available.
- The draft delegated directive/decision is then published for public feedback and notified to the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade committee. Current status of the draft delegated act can be also viewed in the Interinstitutional register of delegated acts.
- Delegated directives adopted are available before official publication.
- After the scrutiny of the European Parliament and the Council, a delegated directive is published in the Official Journal.
Open RoHS 2 stakeholder consultations
- Stakeholder consultation on 4 exemption requests; from 18/03/2019 to 13/05/2019
Closed RoHS 2 stakeholders’ consultations
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 31/10/2018 to 19/12/2018
- Stakeholder consultation on 8 exemption requests; from 20/10/2017 to 01/12/2017
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 26/09/2017 to 07/11/2017
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 28/10/2016 to 22/12/2016
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 14/03/2016 to 09/05/2016
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 30/10/2015 to 08/01/2016
- Stakeholder consultation on 83 exemption requests; from 21/08/2015 to 16/10/2015
- Stakeholder consultation on 6 exemption requests; from 24/04/2015 to 19/06/2015
- Stakeholder consultation on 2 exemption requests; from 31/10/2014 to 09/01/2015
- Stakeholder consultation on 1 exemption request; from 20/12/2013 to 28/02/2014
- Stakeholder consultation on 5 exemption requests; from 19/08/2013 to 11/11/2013
- Stakeholder consultation on 3 exemption requests; from 21/12/2012 to 15/02/2013
- Stakeholder consultation on 4 exemption requests; from 09/11/2012 to 01/02/2013
- Stakeholder consultation on 11 exemption requests; from 26/06/2012 to 04/09/2012
- Stakeholder consultation on 18 exemption requests; from 24/01/2012 to 20/03/2012
Consultations under RoHS 1 (2008–2012) are also available.