RoHS Exemptions Expiring 2021-07-21

Question : 

Many RoHS exemptions are set to expire on July 21, 2021. Is there a possibility of this date being extended? 


A coalition of over 30 trade associations representing manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, known as the Umbrella Project, has been formed to prepare and submit RoHS exemption renewal requests. They generated requests to expand exemptions for 4(f), 6(a), 6(a)-I, 6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, 6(c), 7(a), 7(c)-I, 7(c)-II, 8(b), 8(b)-I, 13(a), 13(b), 13(b)-I, 13(b)-II, 13(b)-III, 15, 15(a), and 34 beyond July 21, 2021, for categories 1–10 (exemptions for in vitro and industrial equipment already have later expiration dates). 

These requests were submitted on January 19, 2020. Because this met the January 20, 2020 deadline — 18 months before the expiration date — the exemptions will continue to apply after the expiration. 

Companies should also note that the Umbrella Project will consider other exemptions should the need arise, but at this time, none of the Annex IV exemptions are being reviewed. Companies impacted by these expirations need to have submitted their own requests by the January 2020 deadline. 

Article content is current as of 2020-02-11.

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