On 21 December, on behalf of the European Commission, the Öko-Institut launched a stakeholder consultation on three exemptions from the prohibition of lead and mercury in electrical and electronic equipment under the RoHS Directive.

The three exemption requests relate to the following applications:

  • Lead in glass of electronic components and fluorescent tubes, or in electronic ceramic parts
  • Lead used in compliant pin connector systems for use in industrial monitoring and control instruments
  • Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps for back-lighting liquid crystal displays

Interested parties are invited to submit comments in response to the consultation, which closes on 15 February 2013.

More information on the consultation and how to participate is available here:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/rohs6_en.htm