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European Commission notifies the exemption of lead in electronic components


EU-REACH Lead Electrical & electronics

On the 11th of January 2022, the European Commission granted a temporary exemption for the use of lead in the following electronic materials:

  • bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide superconductor cables
  • wires
  • and lead in their electrical connections

The commission also renewed Annex IV on the use of lead in solders, termination coatings of electrical and electronic components and printed circuit boards, connections of electrical wires, shields and enclosed connectors for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices.

Comments on these notifications are opened from 11th of January to 11th of March 2022. The notification drafts are expected to be adopted in March 2022 and will enter into force three months after adoption.


Last Update: 2022-01-12