RoHS Exemptions Delayed Again in EU

According to Electronics Industry Portal I-Connect007, the EU is unlikely to publish the RoHS exemptions for lead any time soon. The EU Commission is only now in the process of preparing draft legislation to be sent to the member states for consideration.

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The current exemptions for lead in workpiece materials for our shops will remain in effect and will not expire until the EU Commission completes the current ongoing review of the applications.

According to Electronics Industry Portal I-Connect007, the EU is unlikely to publish the RoHS exemptions any time soon. Apparently, the EU Commission only got around to reviewing the requests last month—December 15, 2016. Therefore, they are only now in the process of preparing draft legislation to be sent to the member states for consideration later this year.

Bottom line for your precision machining shop and your customers: A decision on the RoHS exemptions of interest to the precision machining industry is unlikely to be made until fall 2017.

The current exemptions for lead as an alloying element in steel, lead as an alloying element in aluminum, and lead as an alloying element in copper, will remain in effect and will not expire until the EU Commission completes the current ongoing review of the applications.

To read the full statement from I-Connect007, visit the original PMPA Speaking of Precision blog post

This blog post was originally published at pmpaspeakingofprecision.com.