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SAFEGUARDS | Electrical & Electronics NO. 171/16

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On June 1, 2016, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) for six categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in Singapore was gazetted under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2016, by the Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR). It will come into operation on June 1, 2017.

What is falls within the scope of Singapore RoHS?

It will be applicable to six categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) meant for local sale in Singapore:

  1. Mobile phones

  2. Portable computers

  3. Refrigerators

  4. Air conditioners

  5. Panel TVs

  6. Washing machines

 What Documentation is Required?

Restricted Substances Limits
1. Cadmium and its compounds Less than 0.01%
2. Hexavalent chromium Less than 0.1%
3. Lead and its compounds Less than 0.1%
4. Mercury and its compounds Less than 0.1%
5. Polybrominated biphenyls Less than 0.1%
6. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers Less than 0.1%

Manufacturers, traders and importers are required to declare their products’ conformity by producing a company declaration letter at the importation stage. Manufacturers, traders and importers must retain the declaration letter and technical documentation. These are to be produced on request by the National Environment Agency (NEA).  

For the technical documentation, companies may demonstrate compliance in accordance with EN 50581:2012 standard or otherwise prove compliance to NEA’s requirements.

There will not be any labeling requirement.

Currently, the following batteries are controlled under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA) and their import for local sale is not allowed:

  • Zinc-carbon batteries with more than 0.001% of mercury by weight per cell
  • Alkaline batteries, except for those in button form, with more than 0.025% of mercury by weight per cell
  • Mercury oxide batteries

Through our global network of laboratories, SGS will be able to provide testing services to meet the international safety standards required to meet the new requirements.

For enquiries, please contact:

YC Tham
Laboratory Manager
t: +65 6379 0155

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