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EC proposes Nanomaterial Exemption to RoHS 2

The European Commission is intending to amend the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS 2) regulation in order to create an exemption ‘for cadmium in illumination and display lighting applications’. It has been sent to the European Parliament and EU Council of Ministers for comments; if no opposition is made, the EC’s delegated directive will automatically come into effect.

RoHS 2 ‘prohibits the use of cadmium in electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market’. According to the proposed text, ‘the use of cadmium in downshifting cadmium-based seminconductor nanocrystal quantum dots for use in display lighting applications should … be exempted from the prohibition’. This would last until 30 June 2018.

The Commission believes ‘the use of quantum dots in displays has a positive overall impact due to their low energy consumption’, and that they ‘are likely to be introduced in illumination applications in the coming years’, having already been put into use in displays.


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