RoHS Exemption 7(b) Renewal Request is Withdrawn

Renewal of EU RoHS exemption 7(b) “Lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signalling, transmission, and network management for telecommunications” has had very little support from large multi-national equipment manufacturers and is destined to quietly expire on July 21, 2016.

Quintech Electronics & Communications, Inc. submitted a renewal request for a modified 7(b) exemption with a reduced scope “Lead in solders for RF switching matrices and associated RF signal distribution equipment for telecommunications”, However, the consultants conducting the review notified stakeholders on April 9th, 2015 that the renewal request was withdrawn by the applicant.

There are no remaining renewal requests for exemption 7(b) and therefore, the exemption, which has been a mainstay of the communications, telecommunication, and server equipment industries since 2006, will disappear next July. Once expired, it will not longer be possible for manfucturers, importers and distributers to claim the exemption for products being placed on the EU market except for spare parts to repair old products.