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Document 32006D0691

2006/691/EC: Commission Decision of 12 October 2006 amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards exemptions for applications of lead and cadmium (notified under document number C(2006) 4790) (Text with EEA relevance)

OJ L 283, 14.10.2006, p. 48–49 (ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, NL, PL, PT, SK, SL, FI, SV)
OJ L 327M , 5.12.2008, p. 743–745 (MT)
Special edition in Bulgarian: Chapter 13 Volume 054 P. 36 - 37
Special edition in Romanian: Chapter 13 Volume 054 P. 36 - 37

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 03/01/2013; Repealed by 32011L0065

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dec/2006/691/oj

14.10.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 283/48


COMMISSION DECISION

of 12 October 2006

amending, for the purposes of adapting to technical progress, the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards exemptions for applications of lead and cadmium

(notified under document number C(2006) 4790)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2006/691/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (1), and in particular Article 5(1)(b) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 2002/95/EC requires the Commission to evaluate certain hazardous substances prohibited pursuant to Article 4(1) of that Directive.

(2)

Certain materials and components containing lead and cadmium should be exempted from the prohibition, since the use of these hazardous substances in those specific materials and components is still unavoidable, or because the negative environmental, health or consumer safety impacts caused by substitution are likely to outweigh the environmental, health or consumer safety benefits thereof. The exemptions listed in the annex to this decision are granted on the basis of the results of a review process carried out by technical experts taking into account available evidence from studies, stakeholders and other scientific/technical sources. This review concluded that the elimination or substitution of the substances is still technically or scientifically impracticable.

(3)

Some exemptions from the prohibition for certain specific materials or components should be limited in their scope, in order to achieve a gradual phase-out of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, given that the use of those substances in such applications will become avoidable.

(4)

Pursuant to Article 5(1)(c) of Directive 2002/95/EC each exemption listed in the Annex must be subject to a review at least every four years or four years after an item is added to the list.

(5)

Directive 2002/95/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.

(6)

Pursuant to Article 5(2) of Directive 2002/95/EC, the Commission has consulted the relevant parties.

(7)

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee established by Article 18 of Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (2),

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

Article 1

The Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC is amended as set out in the Annex to this Decision.

Article 2

This Decision is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 12 October 2006.

For the Commission

Stavros DIMAS

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 37, 13.2.2003, p. 19. Directive as last amended by Commission Decision 2006/310/EC (OJ L 115, 28.4.2006, p. 38).

(2)  OJ L 114, 27.4.2006, p. 9.


ANNEX

In the Annex to Directive 2002/95/EC the following points 21 to 27 are added:

‘21.

Lead and cadmium in printing inks for the application of enamels on borosilicate glass.

22.

Lead as impurity in RIG (rare earth iron garnet) Faraday rotators used for fibre optic communications systems.

23.

Lead in finishes of fine pitch components other than connectors with a pitch of 0.65 mm or less with NiFe lead frames and lead in finishes of fine pitch components other than connectors with a pitch of 0.65 mm or less with copper lead frames.

24.

Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors.

25.

Lead oxide in plasma display panels (PDP) and surface conduction electron emitter displays (SED) used in structural elements; notably in the front and rear glass dielectric layer, the bus electrode, the black stripe, the address electrode, the barrier ribs, the seal frit and frit ring as well as in print pastes.

26.

Lead oxide in the glass envelope of Black Light Blue (BLB) lamps.

27.

Lead alloys as solder for transducers used in high-powered (designated to operate for several hours at acoustic power levels of 125 dB SPL and above) loudspeakers.’


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