IPC representatives are working closely with their American and European counterparts in the electronics, lighting, and manufacturing industries to pursue renewal of expiring RoHS exemptions. A cross-industry management board meets monthly to coordinate efforts on exemptions.
The groups are currently discussing renewals of exemptions for Hg (mercury) in lamps (Exemption 4f), Pb (lead) in metal alloys (Exemptions 6a, 6b, 6c), Pb in high melting temperature type solders (Exemption 7a), Pb in ceramics and glass (Exemptions 7c-I -II & –IV, 34 and 37), Cd (cadmium) in electrical contacts (Exemption 8b), Pb in optical and Pb/Cd in filter glass (Exemptions 13a &13b), and Pb in solder – Flip (Exemption 15). Additionally, Lighting Europe, an industry association representing European lighting manufacturers, may submit a renewal for Pb in glass of fluorescent tubes (5b).
Work on exemption 7a is being coordinated with the renewal request for Exemption 8e under the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive (2000/53/EC).
Some of the renewals applications will be similar to the existing exemptions, while others will have a more narrowed scope to reflect technical progress that has been made.
The groups are currently working to complete information dossiers for internal review this fall, with an eye toward submission of final dossiers to the European Union in January 2015.
IPC members interested in learning more about RoHS2 exemptions can contact Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy, at FernAbrams@ipc.org.