The European Union Commission has opened up consultation with stakeholders on existing exemptions and the consideration of new exemptions to the RoHS directive. Beginning January 22 and continuing through March 19 (eight weeks), stakeholders can weigh in on whether individual exemptions should continue and whether new exemptions are warranted.
The consultation is being facilitated by Germany’s Oko-Institut at a website they’ve created to support consultation.
The commission stated its purpose for the consultation:
In total 8-10 new exemption requests or existing exemptions will be reviewed.
The EU Commission will identify which requests or existing exemptions this includes in the course of the project. The contractor will then be mandated with the evaluation on a case-by-case basis.
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