EU RoHS Exemption 7(a) - Lead in High Melting Temperature Solders

Question Posed:

Can you offer any information pertaining to exemption 7(a), which references Lead (Pb) in high melting temperature solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing more than 85% or more by weight in lead)?

Answer Provided:

  • Below are the recommendations from Oeko-Institut e.V. regarding exemptions:
    • 7(a)-I Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead)
    • 7(a)-II in all applications not addressed in items III and IV, but excluding applications in the scope of exemption 24
    • 7(a)-III for die attach
    • 7(a)-IV for electrical connections on or near the voice coil in power transducers
  • Expiration recommendations:
    • 7(a)-I For Cat. 8 and 9: 21 July 2021;
    • For Sub-Cat. 8 in-vitro: 21 July 2023;
    • For Sub-Cat. 9 industrial: 21 July 2024
    • 7(a)-II For categories 1 to 7 and 10: 21 July 2021
    • 7(a)-III and IV For categories 1 to 7 and 10: 21 July 2019

Industry has responded with the request: Renewal of existing exemption wording “Lead in high melting temperature type solders (i.e. lead-based alloys containing 85 % by weight or more lead)” [as also recently implemented by the Commission under ELV4] for categories 1 to 7, 10 and 11 of Annex I for an additional validity period of 5 years.

Reference: http://rohs.exemptions.oeko.info/fileadmin/user_upload/RoHS_Pack_9/RoHS-Pack_9_Part_SOLDERS_06-2016.pdf

**Article contents valid as of 2017-06-19

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