EU RoHS: Including Exemption Information in Declarations

The European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive includes exemptions that define specific permitted uses for substances otherwise limited under the Directive. Parts or products that are compliant with EU RoHS because they meet the criteria for an exemption, but would be non-compliant without the exemption, are often referred to as "compliant by exemption" (rather than simply compliant or non-compliant).

If a component or part is compliant by exemption, the declaration for that component or part should reference the particular exemption(s). This is important because the use of the restricted substance is only allowed within the defined limits of the exemption at the “homogenous material” level. Referring to the particular exemption in the declaration also helps ensure the exemption has not been amended or deleted through a specific or generic “sunset” date.

It is also important to note many exemptions are related to the end use of a product, therefore many would not be applicable to components, parts, or materials.

Article is current as of 2020-06-12.

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