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Decree Law No. 86/2020

Publication: Republic Diary No. 200/2020, Series I of 2020-10-14
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 86/2020
  • Pages: 2 - 9

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law transposes several directives regarding end-of-life vehicles and the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).

What is going to change?

The rules on exemptions for certain dangerous substances in particular are amended:

    • the use of hexavalent chromium as an anti-corrosive agent in the sugar cooling systems of absorption refrigerators;
    • lead in welders and finishes used in certain portable combustion engines;
    • lead in platinum electrodes used for certain conductivity measurements;
    • the use of cadmium in certain radiation-resistant video camera tubes;
    • lead as a thermal stabiliser in poly(vinyl chloride) used in certain in vitro diagnostic medical devices for testing blood samples and other body fluids and gases.
What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law contributes to the protection of human health and the environment and approximates the provisions concerning the functioning of the internal market in the field of electrical and electronic equipment and end-of-life vehicles for the purposes of adaptation to technical and scientific progress.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on 15 October 2020.

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