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Vol.02/2010 Draft Commission Decision amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards exemptions for applications containing lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

According to Directive 2002/95/EC exemptions from the substance ban laid down in Article 4(1) of that Directive can be granted by the Commission when the elimination of substances from certain applications is technically or scientifically impracticable. The Commission has the obligation to review those exemptions at least every four years, with the purpose of deleting them, where substitution of substances in those applications has become practicable.
As a result of the review of the exemptions, for certain applications containing lead, mercury or cadmium, the elimination or substitution of the use of those substances will become scientifically or technically possible in the foreseeable future. It is therefore appropriate to set expiry dates for those exemptions. For certain applications containing mercury, in the foreseeable future only the partial and gradual elimination or substitution of the use of that substance is scientifically or technically possible. It is therefore appropriate to gradually reduce the amount of mercury that may be used in those applications. And the proposed date of adoption (Proposed date of entry into force) of this draft is on June 2010.
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