SAFEGUARDSElectrical & Electronics NO. 031/16

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China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the new China RoHS - Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electrical and Electronic Products, which will eventually replace the existing China RoHS Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products from 2006.

Following extensive review, the new China RoHS, “Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electrical and Electronic Products” was announced by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on January 21 2016 [1]. This administrative measure shall apply from July 1 2016 and will, at the same time, repeal the current China RoHS edition of 2006 [2], “Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products”.

Compared to the current China RoHS, the key adjustment of this new edition is the expansion of the product scope. The current product scope, of electronic information products (EIP), will expand to electrical and electronic products (EEP). The definition of EEP is “devices and accessory products with rated working electrical voltages that do not exceed 1500 V direct current and do not exceed 1000 V alternating current and function by means of current or electromagnetic fields and generate, transmit and measure such currents and electromagnetic fields”. This definition is similar to that used in the European RoHS. Therefore, EEP will include products not currently included in the ‘Classification comment on electronic information products’ published in March 2006.

Hazardous Substances Restricted

The new China RoHS makes no change to the hazardous substances restricted by its predecessor. They remain:

  • Lead and its compounds
  • Mercury and its compounds
  • Cadmium and its compounds
  • Hexavalent chromium compounds
  • PBB
  • PBDE

The restriction of these substances will continue to be implemented in a two-step approach. In step one, all regulated EEP shall self-declare information on the restricted substances, according to related standards. In step two, EEP listed in the compliance management inventory must comply with the restriction limits for the substances in accordance with related standards. The inventory of regulated EEP is currently not populated, but will be released in the future.

To meet the requirements of step one, the EEP must display a label to assist consumers and recycling factories that shows all relevant information about restricted substances in the product, according to standard SJ/T 11364-2014, “Marking for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Product”. The labeling requirements are summarized below.

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  • The green "e" symbol signifies that the product does not contain restricted substances and is a green, environmentally friendly product which can be recycled
  • The orange “number” symbol signifies that the product contains certain hazardous substances, can be used safely during its environmental protection use period (EPUP), as indicated by the number of years in the center, and should enter the recycling system after its EPUP. Manufacturers and importers shall also provide a declaration table of the hazardous substances present in the product, in accordance with standard SJ/T 11364-2014

The global reach of SGS means we can support you in achieving product compliance against global RoHS requirements (EU, China, Korea, US, etc.), REACH/SVHC, textiles or hardgoods or other toy regulations and many more consumer product related requirements, such as packaging materials or battery requirements. Whether you are in need of chemical testing, or services in the fields of inspection, certification, compliance assurance, outsourcing, training and auditing, SGS has the expertise and experience to support your operations. SGS services help to verify and demonstrate that products are compliant with their destination market requirements.

For enquiries, please contact:

Eva Hu

Technical Supervisor, Restricted Substance Testing Services
t: +8622 65288314

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