European Commission makes 16 updates to RoHS exemption list

March 13, 2019 – According to a report by Assent’s Valerie Kuntz, the European Commission is issuing updates to the European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive exemption list. It extended nine expired exemptions and added seven new exemptions.


Six of the seven new exemptions put further restrictions in place for specific categories. Meanwhile, the organization incorporated one brand new exemption (Exemption 42) that applies only to Category 11 (all other electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

All except one will become active on March 1, 2020. When Category 11 comes into scope on July 22, 2019, its corresponding Exemption 42 will also be in effect. The new category applies to “lead in bearings and bushes of diesel or gaseous fuel powered internal combustion engines applied in non-road professional use equipment (with engine total displacement thresholds).
All other exemptions listed in its report will remain active until March 1, 2020.

The expiring exemptions listed in the table are only active for one more year. This means time is running out to implement corrective measures to keep your product on the market. If your company is in scope of the RoHS Directive, review any exemptions to determine if any will impact your products. You will then need to request updated declarations from suppliers that rely on these exemptions or determine whether a new exemption applies. This can help ensure your products are compliant when shipped into the EU.

You can view the updated RoHS exemptions by checking the list on , under Breaking News, scroll down to chart, or by contacting Assent at

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