First-Reading on Draft RoHS II Completed
No. 01/2011 On November 24th 2010, the European Parliament completed first-reading on the draft of updated RoHS directive consisting of 28 Articles and 8 Annexes. The recast of RoHS Directive (also known as RoHS 2.0) did not introduce any new regulated substances compared to Directive 2002/95/EC. It extended the scope to all electrical and electronic equipment which are not explicitly exempt, including some medical devices as well as monitoring and control equipments previously exempt from the scope. Also, it added the requirement of RoHS II being a CE mark directive.
With the introduction of the new 11th product category, all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) will be covered by RoHS unless explicitly exempt. Exemptions of the current draft include the following 10 types:
Equipment which is necessary for the protection of the essential interests of the security of Member States, including arms, munitions and war material intended for specifically military purposes
Equipment designed to be sent into space
Equipment which is specifically designed and to be installed as part of another
Type of equipment that is excluded or does not fall within the scope of this Directive, which can fulfill its function only if it is part of that equipment, and which can be replaced only by
the same specifically designed equipment
Large-scale stationary industrial tools
Large-scale fixed installations
Means of transport for persons or goods, excluding electric two-wheel vehicles which are not type-approved
Non-road mobile machinery made available exclusively for professional use
Active implantable medical devices
Photovoltaic panels intended to be used in a system that is designed, assembled and installed by professionals for permanent use at a defined location to produce energy from solar light for public, commercial, industrial and residential applications
Equipment specifically designed solely for the purposes of research and development only made available on a business-to-business basis. The six restricted hazardous substances remain unchanged, but a mechanism for reviewing or amending the list is introduced. The European Commission will conduct a review three years after the legislation is published. The new Directive will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. Then, the European Union Member States will have 18 months to transpose it into national law, and the existing RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) continues to apply until that time.
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