On 20 May 2014, the EU’s Official Journal published eight Delegated Directives adding new exemptions to the lists of specified applications of lead and mercury in Annex III and Annex IV to Directive 2011/65 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (“RoHS Directive”). Annex III and Annex IV contain lists of specified applications of restricted substances that are exempted from the general Article 4 prohibition. The new exemptions are as follows, some concerning all electrical and electronic equipment (Annex III) and some specific to medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments (Annex IV):

  • Lead in solders and termination finishes of electrical and electronic components and finishes of printed circuit boards used in ignition modules and other electrical and electronic engine control systems (Annex III)
  • Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of less than 125 V AC or 250 V DC for industrial monitoring and control instruments (Annex IV)
  • Lead in micro-channel plates containing specific properties (Annex IV)
  • Lead in solder in one interface of large area stacked die elements (Annex IV)
  • Lead in platinized platinum electrodes used for conductivity measurements under specific conditions (Annex IV)
  • Lead used in other than C-press compliant pin connector systems for industrial monitoring and control instruments (Annex IV)
  • Mercury in hand-crafted luminous discharge tubes (HLDTs) used for signs, decorative or architectural and specialist lighting and light- artwork under certain limitations (Annex III)
  • Mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) for back-lighting liquid crystal displays, not exceeding 5mg per lamp, used in industrial monitoring and control instruments placed on the market before 22 July 2017 (Annex IV)

Member States must adopt national measures implementing these Delegated Directives by the end of 2014.

The Delegated Directives can be accessed here