In December 2016 it was announced that the EU RoHS exemptions to be considered for renewal have been delayed again and may not be published until the fall of 2017.

The exemptions still under review include: Lead as an alloying element in steel (Annex III exemption 6a); Lead as an alloying element in aluminum (Annex III exemption 6b); Lead as an alloying element in copper (Annex III exemption 6c); Lead in high melting temperature type solders (Annex III exemption 7a); Lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors (Annex III exemption 7c-I), jointly with exemption request 2015-1; Lead as activator in the fluorescent powder (Annex III exemption 18b), jointly with exemption request 2015-3; Lead in solders for the soldering to machined through hole discoidal and planar array ceramic multilayer capacitors (Annex III exemption 24); and Lead in cermet-based trimmer potentiometer elements (Annex III exemption 34). For exemptions that industry submitted a renewal application, there will not be a final expiration date until the EU Commission completes the current ongoing review of the applications.

For more information, read the SMT article here: