Nanoco Group plc, a producer of nanomaterials including cadmium-free quantum dots reported that the European Parliament have voted against extending a cadmium quantum dot exemption to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). The exemption would have continued to allow the use of cadmium-containing quantum dots in Europe.
Nanoco said in a press release that the company welcomes this decision from Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) because of the threat that cadmium poses to human health and the environment.
Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very pleased by this decision by the European Parliament and we would like to thank MEPs for the time they have taken to understand the detail and implications of the proposed exemption.
“Cadmium-free quantum dots are without question the preferred choice for human and environmental health. Such quantum dots have significant technological benefits and they are available today. We look forward to their increasingly widespread use throughout Europe, and worldwide, in multiple applications including enhanced LCD displays.”