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EU amends exemption lists in Annex IV of RoHS 2

2016-07-01 78

On 25 June 2016, the Official Journal of the European Union has published Directives (EU) 2016/1028 to amend point 26 as regards an exemption on lead and (EU) 2016/1029 to add point 43 as regards an exemption on cadmium. The directives shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. 

Download amending Directives:


Main Amendments


point 26

(EU) 2016/1028

Lead in the following applications that are used durably at a temperature below - 20 under normal operating and storage conditions:

(a) solders on printed circuit boards;

(b) termination coatings of electrical and electronic components and coatings of printed circuit boards;

(c) solders for connecting wires and cables;

(d) solders connecting transducers and sensors.

Lead in solders of electrical connections to temperature measurement sensors in devices which are designed

 to be used periodically at temperatures below – 150.

These exemptions expire on 30 June 2021.

Added point 43

(EU) 2016/1029

Cadmium anodes in Hersch cells for oxygen sensors used in industrial monitoring and control instruments, where sensitivity below 10 ppm is required.

Expires on 15 July 2023.


(EU) 2016/1028http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016L1028&from=EN

(EU) 2016/1029http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016L1029&from=EN


Update Rule

Annex IV of RoHS 2 is the exemption list of medical devices and monitoring and control instruments. 

According to 2011/65/EU Article 5, for the exemptions listed in Annex IV as at 21 July 2011, the maximum validity period, which may be renewed, shall be 7 years from the relevant dates laid down in Article 4(3), unless a shorter period is specified. An application for renewal of an exemption shall be made no later than 18 months before the exemption expires. In the event that the application for renewal of an exemption is rejected or that an exemption is revoked, the exemption shall expire at the earliest 12 months, and at the latest 18 months, after the date of the decision.


CTI Suggestion

RoHS 2.0 exemptions have great influence on EEE related industry, this revision put forward the expiry date of exemptions. Enterprises need to catch the RoHS exemption update information. Relative manufacturers are suggested to update the exemption lists and hazardous substances control standards to meet the latest substances restriction requirements of RoHS 2.