11 Jul 2017
Glasses containing cadmium and lead may still be used for four more years; industry lobbyists to push for total exemption.
The RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, which covers electrical and electronic equipment and also promotes collection and recycling of hazardous equipment and materials according to the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC has been in force since February 2003.
The extended exemption period will permit the usage of lead-containing optical “flint” glasses and green filter glasses as well as that of the cadmium containing “steep slope” red, orange and yellow filter glasses for the next four years. The extended exemption announcement is published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
Dr. Peter Hartmann of the Advanced Optics division at Schott commented on the exemption agreed by the European Commission, “This success was achieved due to long, tedious, patient and exhaustive work by the team of Uwe Hamm of Carl Zeiss, Wenko Süptitz of Spectaris, Paul Goodman of ERA UK and myself.
“Since the situation with these materials will not change beyond 2021 the complete removal of optical materials from the RoHS scope will be the next target. Preparation work will start in 2019 at the latest.”
Extract of amended EC-Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/1009.
In Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU, point 13(b) is replaced by the above text.