Exemptions can be continued upon successful exemption requests. As a sine qua non formal condition, the application for continuation of the exemption has to be submitted at latest 18 months prior to the expiry of the exemption to DG Environment in Brussels. Applications submitted after this date cannot be taken into account. If no timely applications are submitted, the exemption expires and cannot be renewed. The exemption remains, however, valid for cables and for spare parts for the repair, reuse, the updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacity of devices which were placed on the market prior to the exemption’s expiry date. For new exemptions or the continuation of an exemption on RoHS Annexes III or IV the applicant has to provide evidence that the stipulations for exemptions according to RoHS Art. 5 (1) (a) apply.