The new RoHS Directive became law on July 21, 2011.
Among the highlights: The revised directive adds no new restricted substances, and contains nine exclusion categories: military, space, transportation (trains, planes, autos), fixed installation, large industrial tools, off-road machinery (i.e., bulldozers), implantable devices, solar panels, and R&D equipment. Medical and monitoring/control equipment have three years to comply, in-vitro medical has five years, and industrial monitoring/control has six years. Exemptions will end in five to seven years for telecom and high lead products. Larger companies must go beyond certificates of compliance, and EU importers are now also liable.