Commission delegated Directive (EU) 2018/741 amending Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment regarding an exemption for lead as an alloying element in copper.
Point 6(c) of Annex III to RoHS Directive exempted the use of lead as an alloying element in copper containing up to 4 % lead by weight.
Currently, alternatives to the use of copper alloys containing lead up to 4 % by weight cannot be identified as scientifically or technically practicable. Therefore, a renewal of the exemption for the duration of 5 years after the former expiry date is justified to allow carrying out a comprehensive survey of the supply chain.
For categories 1 to 7 and 10, the exemption should be renewed until 21 July 2021 to allow performing a comprehensive survey of the supply chain in order to narrow the scope of the exemption at the time of the next review. For categories other than categories 1 to 7 and 10, the existing exemption is valid as per the validity periods set out in Article 5(2) of Directive 2011/65/EU.