Automotive End of Life (ELV) Compliance Requirements

ELV (automobile end-of-life) compliance for automotive related industries, including engines, components, engineering and certification activities.

Overview of the End-of-Life-Vehicle Directive regulation: 

Intertek automotive ELV compliance testing services include trace level detection for the presence of lead, mercury, chromium-VI, cadmium and other trace chemicals.

ELV Compliance Limits Overview: 

  • Lead limits 0.1 % (1,000 ppm)
  • Mercury limits  0.1 % (1,000 ppm)
  • Chromium VI limits 0.1 % (1,000 ppm)
  • Cadmium limits 0.01 (100 ppm)
  • Limits are applied to homogenous material, provided that these substances are not intentionally introduced, meaning deliberately utilised in the formulation of a material or component where its continued use is desired for the final product to provide a specific characteristic, appearance or quality.

ELV Exemptions: 

  • Lead as an alloying element:
    • Steel for machining purposes and galvanised steel containing up to 0,35 % lead by weight
    • Aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 2 % by weight (Until 1 July 2005)
    • Aluminium for machining purposes with a lead content up to 1 % by weight (Until 1 July 2008)
    • Copper alloy containing up to 4 % lead by weight
    • Lead-bronze bearing shells and bushes
     
  • Lead and lead compounds in components:
    • Batteries (to be labelled or identified)
    • Vibration dampers (to be labelled or identified)
    • Wheel balance weights: Only for vehicles type-approved before 1 July 2003 and wheel balance weights intended for servicing of these vehicles, (Until 1 July 2005) (to be labelled or identified)
    • Vulcanising agents and stabilisers for elastomers in fluid handling and powertrain applications (Until 1 July 2005)
    • Stabiliser in protective paints (Until 1 July 2005)
    • Carbon brushes for electric motors :Vehicles type-approved before 1 July 2003 and carbon brushes for electric motors intended for servicing of these vehicles (Until 1 January 2005)
    • Solder in electronic circuit boards and other electric applications (to be labelled or identified and dismantled if exceeding an average of 60 g/vehicle, but not including electronic devices not installed by the manufacturer on the production line.)
    • Copper in brake linings containing more than 0.5 % lead by weight: Vehicles type approved before 1 July 2003 and servicing on these vehicles (1 July 2006) (to be labelled or identified)
    • Valve seats: Engine types developed before 1 July 2003 (Until 1 July 2006)
    • Electrical components which contain lead in a glass or ceramic matrix compound except glass in bulbs and glaze of spark plugs (to be labelled or identified and dismantled if exceeding an average of 60 g/vehicle but not including electronic devices not installed by the manufacturer on the production line) apart from piezo in engines)
    • Glass in bulbs and glaze of spark plugs (Until 1 January 2005)
    • Pyrotechnic initiators (Until 1 July 2007)
     
  • Hexavalent Chromium:
    • Corrosion preventive coatings (Until 1 July 2007)
    • Absorption refrigerators in motorcaravans (to be labelled or identified)
     
  • Mercury:
    • Discharge lamps and instrument panel displays (to be labelled or identified)
     
  • Cadmium:
    • Thick film pastes (Until 1 July 2006)
    • Batteries for electrical vehicles: After 31 December 2005, the placing on the market of NiCd batteries shall only be allowed as replacement parts for vehicles put on the market before this date. (to be labelled or identified)
 

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