On October 28, 2022, the European Commission (EC) added a new exemption to the EU RoHS Directive that may impact businesses using hexavalent chromium. The exemption was requested via application on December 23, 2020. The amendment was published and can be found in the Official Journal.
The new exemption, 9(a)-III, applies to category 1, large household appliances. The expiration is currently indicated as December 31, 2026. The exemption allows “up to 0.7% hexavalent chromium by weight, used as an anticorrosion agent in the working fluid of the carbon steel sealed circuit of gas absorption heat pumps for space and water heating.”
Member states will apply the provisions of the new exemption as of September 1, 2023. As continued updates from the European Commission are reported, our dedicated professionals at QPoint Technology are ready to provide you additional news regarding the EU RoHS Directive and regulatory compliance that may affect your business and operations.