IPC Concerned by EU Consultant Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

IPC’s RoHS Exemptions workgroup and other industry members are deeply concerned that the recommendations recently provided to the EU Commission by their consultants will have a significant negative impact on the industry.  Many of the recommendations provide for only a two-year renewal and reword the current exemptions in ways that will lead to increase in complexity and burden.

On July 19, 2016, IPC and other members of the cross-industry Strategic Management Team sent a letter to Mr. Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General for the Environment at the European Commission highlighting industry concerns.

Under the EU RoHS2, all existing exemptions were set to expire by July 21, 2016. However, all exemptions for which industry submitted a renewal application will not expire until the EU Commission completes the current ongoing review of the applications, likely in late 2016 or early 2017.

IPC and its RoHS Exemptions Workgroup will continue our advocacy, which may include lobbying the Commission.

One Comment

  1. Arthur Ackerman
    Posted August 9, 2016 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Elimination of exemptions for lead in ceramics and metal alloys will have negligible effect on the environment but will wreak havoc in foundries and the component supply chain. The entire foundation of the declaration system is based on trust. If eliminated, my concern is that suppliers will simply change their declarations without taken actions. Until caught, that is.

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