Commission Delegated Directives (EU) 2019/1845 and 2019/1846 have been published in the European Union amending Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU by adding two new exemptions.
The exemptions are:
43 Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in rubber components in engine systems, designed for use in equipment that is not intended solely for consumer use and provided that no plasticised material comes into contact with human mucous membranes or into prolonged contact with human skin and the concentration value of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate does not exceed:
(a) 30 % by weight of the rubber for gasket coatings, solid-rubber gaskets, rubber components included in assemblies of at least three components using electrical, mechanical or hydraulic energy to do work, and attached to the engine
(b) 10 % by weight of the rubber for rubber-containing components not referred to in point (a).
“Prolonged contact with human skin” means continuous contact of more than 10 minutes duration or intermittent contact over a period of 30 minutes, per day.
44 Lead in solder of sensors, actuators, and engine control units of combustion engines within the scope of Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 of the European Parliament and of the Council, installed in equipment used at fixed positions while in operation which is designed for professionals, but also used by non-professional users.
Both exemptions apply to category 11 and expire on 21 July 2024.
Member States are required to adopt and publish regulations to comply with the Directives by 30 April 2020.