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Document 32018L0739

Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2018/739 of 1 March 2018 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for lead as an alloying element in steel (Text with EEA relevance. )

C/2018/1094

OJ L 123, 18.5.2018, p. 103–105 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir_del/2018/739/oj

18.5.2018   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 123/103


COMMISSION DELEGATED DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/739

of 1 March 2018

amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for lead as an alloying element in steel

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (1) and in particular Article 5(1)(a) thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 2011/65/EU requires Member States to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market does not contain lead.

(2)

Point 6(a) of Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU exempted the use of lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanised steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight until 21 July 2016. The Commission received an application for renewal of this exemption in relation to categories 1 to 7 and 10 before 21 January 2015, in accordance with Article 5(5) of Directive 2011/65/EU.

(3)

Lead is added to steel as a machinability enhancer for industrial production. It has a lubrication effect that eases deep drilling and high speed operations. Galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel in order to prevent corrosion.

(4)

Though lead-free steel is available for some specific applications, the substitution in the remaining applications is currently scientifically and technically impracticable. A further narrowing of the scope of the exemption has proven to be currently not feasible due to the high complexity of the supply chain.

(5)

Among galvanised steels, lead is still necessary only in batch hot dip galvanised steel and in a lower concentration due to progress in technology.

(6)

Since for the applications concerned in categories 1 to 7 and 10, no sufficiently reliable alternatives are available today or are likely to be available on the market in the near future, and in case of hot dip galvanised steel, the lead content results from impurities from recycled zinc, validity period until 21 July 2021 is justified for both application, while a shorter period could generate unnecessary administrative burden for the industry. For categories other than categories 1 to 7 and 10, the existing exemption is valid as per the validity periods set out in the second subparagraph of Article 5(2) of Directive 2011/65/EU.

(7)

Directive 2011/65/EU should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

Article 1

Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU is amended as set out in the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2

1.   Member States shall adopt and publish, by 30 June 2019 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall forthwith communicate to the Commission the text of those provisions.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 July 2019.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

2.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 4

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 1 March 2018.

For the Commission

The President

Jean-Claude JUNCKER


(1)  OJ L 174, 1.7.2011, p. 88.


ANNEX

In Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU, point 6(a) is replaced by the following:

‘6(a)

Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes and in galvanised steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight

Expires on:

21 July 2021 for categories 8 and 9 other than in vitro diagnostic medical devices and industrial monitoring and control instruments;

21 July 2023 for category 8 in vitro diagnostic medical devices;

21 July 2024 for category 9 industrial monitoring and control instruments, and for category 11.

6(a)-I

Lead as an alloying element in steel for machining purposes containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight and in batch hot dip galvanised steel components containing up to 0,2 % lead by weight

Expires on 21 July 2021 for categories 1-7 and 10.’


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