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EU RoHS exemptions 43 and 44

EU RoHS exemptions 43 and 44

On August 8th, 2019, the European Commission released 2 new amendments to the Annex III EU RoHS exemptions of Directive 2011/65/EU.  As a result, exemptions 43 and 44 are added to the list of general exemptions as follows:

Exemption 43 Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in rubber components in engine systems, designed for use in equipment that is not intended solely for consumer use and provided that no plasticised material comes into contact with human mucous membranes or into prolonged contact with human skin and the concentration value of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate does not exceed: (a) 30 % by weight of the rubber for (i) gasket coatings; (ii) solid-rubber gaskets; or (iii) rubber components included in assemblies of at least three components using electrical, mechanical or hydraulic energy to do work, and attached to the engine. (b) 10 % by weight of the rubber for rubber-containing components not referred to in point (a). For the purposes of this entry, “prolonged contact with human skin” means continuous contact of more than 10 minutes duration or intermittent contact over a period of 30 minutes, per day Applies to category 11 and expires on 21 July 2024.
Exemption 44 Lead in solder of sensors, actuators, and engine control units of combustion engines within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 of the European Parliament and of the Council , installed in equipment used at fixed positions while in operation which is designed for professionals, but also used by non-professional users Applies to category 11 and expires on 21 July 2024.

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