New Regulations starting in 2018
December 19, 2017
In Directive 2017/2102 of November 15, 2017, the EU addresses a range of issues that includes amendments to Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS) on the restricted use of specific hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices. A new addition that the FBDi sees as particularly relevant to the distribution sector is an exemption list in Annex 3 for electronics. Here, the expiry dates for categories 8 (medicine), 9 (control and measurement equipment) and 11 (new as of July 22, 2019) are defined:
- Category 8 and Category 9 for private consumers: max. 7 years validity from the date of inclusion in RoHS (July 22, 2014) => Expiry date July 22, 2021
- InVitro diagnostic equipment from Category 8 => Expiry date July 22, 2023
- Category 9 => Expiry date July 22, 2014
- Category 11 – max. 5 years from the date of inclusion in RoHS => Expiry date July 22, 2024
Therefore, in the absence of new exemptions, all exemptions will expire in 2024. However, due to ongoing discussions about the extension of exemptions, these expiry dates are currently merely theoretical and are not valid.