The Korean RoHS ‘The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobiles’ came into effect from January 2008.

Self Reporting Principle

All manufacturers and importers in the fields of electrical & electronics and automobiles, need to fill in bulletins with recycling characteristics of their products on the ECOAS home page or can directly inform ENVICO (Korea Environment and Resources Corporation).

All companies must improve their recycling rate and recycling possibility rate by 2014 and 2009 respectively. At the same time, enterprises have to submit to the Korean government their recycling responsibility rate for the following year at the end of every year.

Another request is to specify the quantities of sold goods for the previous year by April 15 of each year. A failure to fulfill all of these requirements will make companies liable to pay a fine not exceeding ~30,8k USD (30 million KRW).

Scope of Products

The main targets of the regulation are automobiles such as vans and small trucks as well as the following groups of electrical & electronic products:

  • Television sets
  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines (household only)
  • Air conditioners
  • Personal computers (incl. monitor and keyboard)
  • Audio (excluding portable devices)
  • Mobile phones (incl. battery and charger)
  • Printers (incl. toner and cartridge)
  • Photocopiers (incl. toner and cartridge)
  • Facsimiles (incl. toner and cartridge)

The Korean RoHS bans the same hazardous substances as the EU RoHS and also includes the same exceptions. It's based on a self-declaration system, with no special mark needed and does not apply to parts manufactured before 2008 and Research and Development samples.

The Korean government expects the regulation to influence manufacturers to consider environmentally friendly designs for their goods and to improve the cooperation between manufacturers and recyclers.


Robin Lee
Assistant Manager of E&E Chemical

SGS Testing Korea Lab
t: +82 31 460 8027

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