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Annex III of RoHS Directive adds new exemption clauses on hexavalent chromium


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2023-02-06

On January 26, 2023, the European Commission issued Directive (EU) 2023/171, adding an exemption clause 9 (a) - III on hexavalent chromium in Annex III.

On January 26, 2023, the European Commission issued Directive (EU) 2023/171, adding an exemption clause 9 (a) - III on hexavalent chromium in Annex III.

The European Commission evaluated the exemption application submitted earlier and concluded that it was not feasible to replace hexavalent chromium in refrigerant solution in science and technology at present, and sodium chromate, the use form of other heating technologies to eliminate hexavalent chromium, could not provide the same function and performance. The gas absorption heat pump can indeed provide higher energy efficiency than the condensing boiler technology, help replace these systems and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and comply with the relevant conditions of exemption of EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU. Therefore, an exemption clause 9 (a) - III on hexavalent chromium is added in Annex III.


Main update content

01 Clause
9(a)-III

02 Content
The content of hexavalent chromium used as a preservative in the working fluid of the carbon steel sealing circuit of the gas absorption heat pump used for space and water heating is not more than 0.7% (by weight)

03 Scope of application and validity
Applicable to Category 1 products (large household appliances), expiring on December 31, 2026

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