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Commission Amends RoHS Directive Rules for Cadmium in LEDs

No.04/2010 It is not yet technically practicable to substitute cadmium in colour-converting II-VI LEDs without seriously deteriorating the performance. Certain materials and components containing cadmium should therefore be exempted from the prohibition. However, research on cadmium-free technology is in progress and substitutes should become available within the next four to five years at the latest. Commission decision (2010/122/EU) of 25 February 2010 amending, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC as regards an exemption for an application of cadmium in LEDs.
In the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC, the following point 39 is added:
‘39. Cadmium in colour-converting II-VI LEDs (< 10 μg Cd per mm 2 of light-emitting area) for use in solid state illumination or display systems until 1 July 2014.’
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