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Czech Republic amends requirements for RoHS

Czech Republic
October 29, 2020

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic informs on another amendment of the Decree No. 481/2012 “On the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”. The Regulation was issued to implement the provisions of the series of EU Directives with regards to the exemption from the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

The national Regulation No. 344/2020 of the Czech Republic takes into consideration the following EU Directives:

  • Directive (EU) 2020/366 with regards to the exemption for use of lead as a thermal stabilizer in polyvinyl chloride used in certain in-vitro diagnostic medical devices for the analysis of blood and other body fluids and body gases

  • Directive (EU) 2020/360 with regards to the exemption for use of lead in platinized platinum electrodes used for certain conductivity measurements

  • Directive (EU) 2020/361 with regards to the exemption for use of hexavalent chromium as an anticorrosion agent of the carbon steel cooling system in absorption refrigerators

  • Directive (EU) 2020/365 with regard to the exemption for use of lead in solders and termination finishes used in certain hand-held combustion engines

  • Directive (EU) 2020/364 with regard to the exemption for the use of cadmium in certain radiation-tolerant video camera tubes

According to the Government Decree No. 481/2012 Annexes II and III were amended with regards to the following substances:

1. Annex II

  • Item 9: Hexavalent chromium as an anti-corrosion agent of the carbon steel cooling system in absorption refrigerators up to 0,75 % by weight in the cooling solution

  • Item 9 a I and a II: Hexavalent chromium up to 0,75% by weight, used as an anti-corrosion agent in the cooling solution of carbon steel cooling systems in absorption refrigerators

  • Item 41: Lead in solders and termination finishes of electrical and electronic components and finishes of printed circuit boards used in ignition modules and other electrical and electronic engine control systems, which for technical reasons must be mounted directly on or in the crankcase or cylinder of hand-held combustion engines

2. Annex III

  • Item 37: Lead in platinized platinum electrodes used for conductivity measurements

  • Item 41: Lead as a thermal stabilizer in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) used as the base material in amperometric, potentiometric, and conductometric electrochemical sensors which are used in in-vitro diagnostic medical devices for the analysis of blood and other body fluids and body gases

  • Item 44: Cadmium in radiation-tolerant video camera tubes designed for cameras with a center resolution greater than 450 TV lines which are used in environments with ionizing radiation exposure exceeding 100 Gy/hour and a total dose in excess of 100kGy

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