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EU Commission update: ELV Exemption

10th Mar 2023

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EU Commission has introduced delegated Directive 2023/544 amending Directive 2000/53/EC regarding exemptions for use of lead in aluminium alloys for machining purposes, in copper alloys and certain batteries.

Lead in aluminium alloys has been assessed that suitable alternatives are available, meaning it could be phased out by the end of 2027. This will be reviewed in 2024.

Copper alloys were determined to have not found suitable alternatives but will be reviewed again in 2025.

Lead in batteries for battery applications not included in entry 5(a) of Annex II, which concerns batteries in high voltage systems will be split into entries

  • 5(b)(i) lead in batteries used in 12 V applications and for the use of lead in batteries used in 24 V applications in special purpose vehicles as defined in Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • 5(b)(ii) lead in batteries for other battery applications that are not included in entry 5(a) and entry 5(b)(i)of Annex II to Directive 2000/53/EC

5(b)(i) will be reviewed in 2025.

5(b)(ii) has been determined as avoidable with expiry date to allow for phasing out.

EUR-Lex – 32023L0544 – EN – EUR-Lex (

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