16. March 2020

RoHS, ELV and REACH Profile for Lead in (Piezoelectric) Ceramics

(EEE : electrical and electronic equipment)

RoHS Exemptions (Annex III Directive2011/65/EU)



• 7c.-I Electrical and electronic components containing lead in a glass or ceramic other than dielectric ceramic in capacitors, e.g. piezoelectronic devices, or in a glass or ceramic matrix compound (does not cover applications under exemption 34 for EEE of categories 1-7 and 10 of Annex I)

• 7c.II Lead in dielectric ceramic in capacitors for a rated voltage of 125 V AC or 250 V DC or higher

• 7c.III Already expired

• 7c.IV Lead in PZT based dielectric ceramic materials for capacitors which are part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors

• 34  Lead in Cermet based trimming potentiometers


Maximum allowed concentration 0,1 wt.% in inhomogenous materials

Expiry (latest)

21. July 2024A) For industrial monitoring and conrol instruments (category 9 of Annex I) and EEE  of category 11)
21. July 2023B) For medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices (cat. 8)
21. July 2021C) For other EEE of cat. 8 and 9 and for EEE of cat. 1-7 and 10
Dedlines for renewal requests (Minimum 18 month prior  to expiry date)

21. January 2020EEE unter C)
21. January 2022EEE unter B)
21. January 2023EEE unter A)
last revision 2015/2016review report page 424
next revision2020/2021For EEE  under C) if continuation was requested latest 18 months prior to expiry of the exemption
ELV-Exemptions Annex II End-of-Live Vehicles Directive 2000/53/EC


• 10 a) Electrical and electronic components which contain lead in a glass or ceramic, in a glass or ceramic matrix compound, in a glass- ceramic material, or in a glass-ceramic matrix compound. This exemption does not cover the use of lead in: — glass in bulbs and glaze of spark plugs, — dielectric ceramic materials of components listed under 10(b) [and 10(c) and 10(d).

• 10 b) Lead in PZT-based dielectric ceramic materials of capacitors being part of integrated circuits or discrete semiconductors

• 10 (c) and 10 (d): Already expired!

Maximum allowed concentration0,1 wt%in homogeneous material
Expiry (latest)no date defined
Last revision2009/2010 
Next revisionunknownEuropean Commission will initiate exemption review process unless a successful request is submitted before to repeal the exemption


(EG) Nr. 1907/2006

Lead listed as substance of very high concern (canidate list)Information obligations according to Art. 33 of the REACH regulation along supply chain
as well as further obligations for producers and their suppliers supplying substances and articles containing lead in ceramics
Authorizition process may result in doption of Lead to Annex XIVAuthorisation of uses of lead in ceramics required in case lead is adopted to Annex XIV and the use of lead in piezoelectric ceramics for EEE and for vehicles in the scopes of the RoHS and ELV Directives is not exempted from the authorization requirement