Historical view: In late 2006, the EU initiated a stakeholder consultation process to examine whether an exemption for the use of hexavalent chromium for electrical and electronic equipment was appropriate. In January 2007, the industry submitted comments to the EU on a proposed exemption for the use of hexavalent chromium plating for electrical and electronic equipment. The comments cited the need for hexavalent chromium plating for corrosion resistance and good electrical conductivity. The EU recently decided to deny the exemption request, citing the availability of alternatives to hexavalent chromium coatings for electrical and electronic equipment.

For a copy of the industry comments, or for more information on the EU’s Final Report, please visit www.nasf.org.