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RoHS Annex III Lead Exemptions

Seven exemption groups have been approved for the use of lead in certain applications under EU RoHS Annex III for a few more years, summarized and detailed below:


Lead Category Exemption Deadlines

July 21, 2021: All categories except for Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices, Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments, Category 11 products

July 21, 2023: Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (IVDs)

July 21, 2024: Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 products



Lead Exemption Table

Exemption Application Category Deadline
6a Lead up to 0.35% by weight in alloyed steel (for machining) and galvanized steel Categories 8, 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
6a-1 Lead up to 0.35% by weight in alloyed steel (for machining) and up to 0.2% lead by weight in batch hot-dip galvanized steel Categories 1-7 and 10 21 Jul, 2021
6b Lead up to 0.4% lead by weight in aluminium alloys Categories 8, 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
6b-I Lead up to 0.4% lead by weight in recycled scrap aluminium alloys Categories 1-7 and 10 21 Jul, 2021
6b-II Lead up to 0.4% lead by weight in aluminium alloys for machining Categories 1-7 and 10
6c Lead up to 0.4% lead by weight in copper alloys Categories 1-7 and 10 21 Jul, 2021
Categories 8, 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
7a Lead up to 85% by weight in high-temperature solder alloys Categories 1-7 and 10 (except for Exemption 24 capacitor applications) 21 Jul, 2021
Categories 8, 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
7c-I Lead in glass or ceramics (including matrix compounds) other than for capacitor dielectrics (such as piezoelectronic devices) Categories 1-7 and 10 (except for Exemption 24 potentiometer applications) 21 Jul, 2021
Categories 8 and 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
24 Lead in solders for machined through-hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors Categories 1-7 and 10 21 Jul, 2021
Categories 8 and 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024
34 Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements Categories 1-7 and 10 21 Jul, 2021
Categories 8 and 9 (except for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring & control instruments) 21 Jul, 2021
Category 8 in-vitro diagnostic medical devices 21 Jul, 2023
Category 9 industrial monitoring & control instruments; Category 11 21 Jul, 2024