Statement by QD Vision Regarding European Parliament’s Vote on Cadmium-Based Quantum Dots

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Published: May 21, 2015 6:50:24 PM

After the EU performed extensive technical reviews, members of the European Parliament directed the European...

After the EU performed extensive technical reviews, members of the European Parliament directed the European Commission (EC) to conduct further analysis of its exemption of cadmium-based quantum dots for illumination and display lighting applications.


From the Parliament’s website, “Parliament’s rejection of the delegated directive does not ban cadmium quantum dots, but will trigger a new assessment. There are therefore no market distortions.” Indium-based quantum dot technology will “require a new assessment” as well.


QD Vision is committed to working closely with the EC and EU in this investigation in order to bring these substantial efficiencies and savings to their market.


We at QD Vision are confident that the European Commission will continue its fair and impartial assessment of the environmental benefits of cadmium-based quantum dots as well as the relative performance and adverse environmental impact of proposed alternatives.


In January, the EC decided to extend the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) exemption – first granted in 2009 – allowing cadmium to be used for illumination and display applications. This decision was based on sound scientific principles and independent analysis, which concluded that cadmium-based quantum dots are the most energy efficient, and the best solution for the environment.


“We are pleased the European Parliament has decided to perform a more rigorous assessment of all the options available in this competitive arena,” said Seth Coe-Sullivan, CTO of QD Vision. “The EP vote today does not impact the regulatory compliance of our Color IQ™ quantum dot technology. Cadmium-based quantum dots are still RoHS compliant, and are safe for manufacturers and consumers in Europe and worldwide.”

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